Friday, June 27, 2014

Safe and secure

The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and Boston Police, recently hosted the fifth annual “Take Back” prescription drug disposal day. The awareness campaign and safe disposal day are designed to address the dangers of prescription drug abuse and lack of proper disposal methods – a reminder that discarding unneeded medications down the toilet or into the trash is not a safe environmental disposal method. Karen Ryle, associate chief of Pharmacy for the MGH, says that 740 unused or expired prescriptions were removed from Charlestown, and disposed of in a safe and timely manner. Residents who dropped off unused prescriptions also received a $5 gift card from a local business.

Read more articles from the 06/27/14 Hotline issue.


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