The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Police Department (BPD) are encouraging Bostonians to play a role in curbing the abuse and theft of prescription drugs by dropping their unused or expired prescription drugs at 11 medication disposal kiosks located around the city during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
"Take Back Day is another great opportunity for us to encourage residents to safely dispose their unwanted medication, which we know reduces opportunities for misuse of those drugs," said BPHC Executive Director Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH. "Proper disposal of medication minimizes the risk to children, family members, and the environment."
"Properly disposing of unwanted or expired medications reduces opportunities for these drugs to end up being consumed by children or misused by adults. Take Back Day provides a safe and convenient method for the public to dispose of these items," said BPD Commissioner William Evans.
The kiosks are available through a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department (BPD), BPHC, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
This kiosk service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Kiosks are open to all residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and available at any of the following locations:
- Downtown: 40 New Sudbury St. Boston, MA 02114
- East Boston: 69 Paris St. East Boston, MA 02128
- Roxbury: 2400 Washington St. Roxbury, MA 02119
- Mattapan: 1165 Blue Hill Ave. Dorchester, MA 02124
- South Boston: 101 West Broadway South Boston, MA 02127
- Dorchester: 40 Gibson St. Dorchester, MA 02122
- Back Bay: 650 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02116
- Brighton: 301 Washington St. Brighton, MA 02135
- West Roxbury: 1708 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA 02132
- Jamaica Plain: 3345 Washington St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
- Hyde Park: 1249 Hyde Park Ave. Hyde Park, MA 02136
For a map of Boston disposal kiosks, visit http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/Recovery-Services/community-mobilization/Pages/Med-Return-Locations.aspx
For more information on the types of prescriptions that can be disposed of in prescription drug disposal kiosks, visit http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/Recovery-Services/community-mobilization/Pages/Drug-Take-Back.aspx