FITCHBURG — The city Health Department will join forces with the Police Department to host Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in front of City Hall at 718 Main St., residents are encouraged to dispose of unused prescription medications in a “safe, convenient and responsible way.” All materials collected are done so anonymously. After the event, city police will take collections to a regional dropoff site to be incinerated.
“Held in April and October of each year across the nation, Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” the Health Department said in a press release.
In conjunction with this event, organizers will also be holding a winter clothing drive. Residents may drop off new or clean, gently used winter hats, gloves, mittens, sweaters and socks. All donations will be distributed by Fitchburg Street Outreach. There will also be free COVID-19 test kits available for pickup, while supplies last.
When there isn’t a collection event happening, a permanent kiosk is located in the lobby of the Fitchburg Police Department at 20 Elm St. which allows for the safe disposal of both unused medications and sharps and is accessible 24/7.