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Posted on: April 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] National Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can visit the Ipswich High School, located at 134 High St., to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. The free event will be sponsored by the Ipswich Police Department and Ipswich Aware, a multi-disciplinary collaborative working to address the problem of substance abuse and addiction and promote community awareness, education and youth substance abuse prevention.
National Drug Take Back Day is an initiative designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 


1 out of 4 teens have misused prescription medications.
2 out of 3 teens abusing prescription pain medications say they get them from family or friends
Some teens hand out or sell extra pills of their own, or pills they’ve gotten or stolen from friends or family members


Take steps at home to keep medication out of reach of your children:
Do a check of your family’s prescriptions.  Find out if any of the prescriptions can be addictive or misused.
Keep prescription pain meds in a spot that only you can get to them. If possible, keep all medicines - both prescription and over-the-counter - in a locked cabinet or other secure place that kids can’t access.
If your child has a prescription, make sure you hold onto the pill bottle for them.
Do a regular inventory (e.g., check how many pills are left) of any prescription meds that are in your home.
Get rid of leftover (unused) prescription drugs.  

If you are unable to participate in the National Drug Take Back Day, you can always bring unused prescriptions to the Prescription Dropbox locations in town; Ipswich Police Department, 15 Elm St., or on the lower level of the Town Hall outside of the Council on Aging cafeteria, 25 Green St.

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