Fitchburg to host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The City of Fitchburg Health Department will again partner with the Fitchburg Police Department to hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 9am -11am in front of the Fitchburg Legislative Building, 700 Main Street.

This initiative offers a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused prescription drugs and get them out of circulation. Residents are urged to gather unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and drop them off – you may “drive up and drop off” without leaving your vehicle. Although not required, labels containing personal information may be removed or blackened out. All materials are collected anonymously and will be taken directly by the Police Department to a regional drop off site to be incinerated.  Residents are also reminded that there is a permanent kiosk located in the lobby of the Police Station located at 20 Elm Street which is accessible 24/7.

Held twice a year across the nation, Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. At Fitchburg’s Take Back Day in October of 2022, 113 pounds of medication was dropped off for disposal.

Fitchburg Outreach & Prevention will have substance use disorder information available as well as Narcan. Concurrent with this event, the Outreach & Prevention division will be holding a drive to benefit students at Fitchburg Public Schools. Residents are invited to drop off new, in the package underwear of all sizes. These donations will be given to the Fitchburg Public Schools for students in need.

For information please contact: Schristensen@fitchburgma.gov