Cape Cod police departments to participate in Drug Take-Back Day

HYANNIS –All police departments across Cape Cod will take part in the “National Drug Take-Back Day” event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is an opportunity for the public to get rid of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals and other medications.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA across the nation. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds — about 3,200 tons — of pills.

Police said that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Flushing medications down the sink or toilet can cause contamination of the water supply.

The program is anonymous and you do not need to be a resident of the town where you drop off the drugs.