North Andover’s Community Support Coordinator, Deanna Cruz, is working in partnership with the North Andover Police Department to help coordinate North Andover’s participation in the DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deanna is responsible for developing new and innovative programs which will support community members, including businesses, in times of crisis. As Community Support Coordinator, Deanna also has a preventative and reactive role working to connect individuals and families to the appropriate levels of care for wellness and prevention relating to mental health and substance misuse. Additionally, Deanna is also accessible for confidential drop-in consultations and for friend and family member referrals.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back.
Drop-off you unused, unwanted, or expired prescriptions at one of our, North Andover Drug Take Back Sites on Saturday, October 27, 2018:
- Police Station Lobby (permanent site, kiosk available year round)
- First & Main Market Place, CVS parking lot, 109 Main St.
- Walgreens parking lot, 800 Waverly Rd.
Accepted Medications are as follows:
- Expired or unwanted prescription medications for you, a family member or pet
- Medication from a deceased family member
- Prescription patches
- Over the counter medicines
- Liquid medications
- Medications for businesses or clinics
- Aerosol cans
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Illegal drugs
*The North Andover Fire Department accepts sharps under certain conditions, if you have any you would like disposed of you will have to follow these guidelines.
Items may be dropped off at the following two locations:
- North Andover Fire Headquarters located at 795 Chickering Road (24/7)
- The Health Department located in the town hall (120 Main Street) during normal business hours. If you have any questions in relation to sharps disposal at town hall please contact: Caroline Ibbitson, Public Health Nurse (978) 688-9540
Did you know that according to the MA Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) 67,498 prescriptions for opioids were written in Essex County, MA from April 2018 – June 2018 alone?If these are in your home and you’re not using them…dispose of them!
For more information on National Drug Take Back Day, Opioid Misuse, or Substance Abuse Prevention contact North Andover’s Community Support Coordinator https://www.northandoverma.gov/community-support-coordinator