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Prescription Pill Disposal

Help us keep prescription drugs out of the hands of our youth and our water supplies!

To assure that medications, especially those that may be abused by teens (such as narcotic pain killers, tranquilizers, and stimulants), are properly disposed of, the Falmouth Prevention Partnership has been involved with several activities to provide a place where residents of Falmouth can easily and safely get rid of unwanted drugs.

Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Each Spring and Fall the Falmouth Police Department and the Falmouth Prevention Partnership participate in the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). These one-day events have been very successful. Since the National Take Back Initiative happens only twice a year, the Partnership worked with the Police Department and others in the community to establish a permanent medication disposal site.

Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Site

Drug Disposal Kiosk

In cooperation with the Falmouth Police Department, the Falmouth Substance Abuse Commission, and a $1,000 donation from Cape Cod Five Bank, the Partnership purchased a medication disposal unit that is in place in the lobby of the police department building on Main Street in Falmouth.  The Prescription Drug Disposal Unit was officially launched and opened to the public on May 17, 2011.  Since its start of its use, the unit has been emptied every week and hundreds of pounds of unwanted drugs have been collected.

The unit is available 24 hours a day, every day. You can dispose of your medications whenever it is convenient for you. The process is anonymous and there is no paperwork.

If for some reason you cannot or choose not to use the disposal unit or participate in the National Drug Take Back Day, it's important to for you to know how to safely dispose of your medications:

  • DO NOT give drugs to anyone else
  • DO NOT flush drugs down the toilet
  • DO NOT put drugs in the trash without disguising them; human or animal scavengers may find them and misuse them

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GET EDUCATED

Read the latest guidelines from the FDA: How to Dispose of Unused Medications

To learn more about the disposal and safety of prescription medications, including information about environmental issues and how to help prevent teen prescription drug abuse, visit www.disposemymeds.org.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESCRIPTION PILL ABUSE


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