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Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - September 27, 2014 10AM - 2PM

posted Aug 28, 2014, 6:42 AM by Officer Michael Vinciulla


                        ASHLAND POLICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

SEPTEMBER 27 10AM - 2PM

137 MAIN STREET ASHLAND, MA 01721

Ashland, MA – On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashland Police Department (APD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to APD at 137 Main St. Ashland, MA 01721. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.    


Ashland Police / Metrowest Medical Center Blood Drive - July 2 8am-12pm @ 37 Pond Street

posted Jun 24, 2014, 6:20 AM by Officer Michael Vinciulla

The Ashland Police Department in conjunction with Metrowest Medical Center will be hosting a Blood Drive on July 2, 2014 from 8 am - 12:00 pm.

THE BLOOD DRIVE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SUBSTATION AT 37 POND ST

Attached is a link so you can reserve a time so you do not have to wait.



There is currently a critical shortage of blood and I hope you will be able to participate.

Free Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy - July 21-25, 2014

posted Jun 21, 2014, 4:21 AM by Officer Michael Vinciulla

Applications for the Free Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy are now being accepted for the July camp.

July 21-25, 2014

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is proud to announce the dates for the 2014 Youth Public Safety Academy.  The Academy is open to all children ages 9-11 who reside in Middlesex County.  Over the course of each week, cadets participate in a range of team building activities, learn about emergency preparedness and are introduced to law enforcement officials both at the Sheriff’s Office and their local public safety agencies.  This year, the cost of the YPSA is $75.00 per cadet with breakfast, lunch and other costs included.  A limited number of scholarships will be available for those unable to afford the cost.  All questions about the 2014 YPSA, including inquiries regarding scholarship opportunities, can be directed to YPSA staff at 978-932-3266.

 

Register on-line at http://www.middlesexsheriff.org/YPSA.html

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