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MPD and BOH Medication Safe-Disposal Box Re-established

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Malden Police Department (MPD) in conjunction with the Malden Board of Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services has re-established the medication safe-disposal box in an effort to decrease access to prescription medication in the community. Utilizing the Board of Health’s Partnerships for Success 2015 (PFS) grant which focuses on prevention of prescription drug misuse in high school aged youth, MPD has acquired a new medication safe-disposal box which will be permanently housed in the main lobby of Malden Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue.

A medication safe-disposal box is a safe and anonymous way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over the counter (OTC) medication which prevents theft, substance abuse and protects the environment. The safe-disposal box will be available to the public on any day, at any time. Accepted items for disposal include prescription and OTC medications, pills, capsules, and tablets. Items NOT accepted include needles or syringes, illegal drugs, thermometers, liquids or creams, aerosols or inhalers, medications from businesses or clinics.

Needles & syringes can be safely disposed of by securing them in a thick plastic container (medical waste container, laundry detergent bottle, coffee container, etc.) and bringing them to disposal bins in any of the following locations:

  • Malden Board of Health, 110 Pleasant Street, 2nd Floor
  • Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington Street
  • Malden Housing Authority, 630 Salem Street

The Malden Board of Health, a member of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition received a grant called Partnerships for Success 2015 (PFS) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2015 in response to the opioid epidemic in the City of Malden. PFS focuses on primary prevention of prescription drug misuse among high school aged youth in Malden and has been working with community partners such as Malden Police Department, Malden Public Schools, Malden’s Promise and more to build the capacity of our youth-serving community to better prevent substance misuse and abuse among Malden’s youth. For more information, please contact awright@cityofmalden.org

(From left) Police Captain Glenn Cronin, Substanse Abuse Prevention Outreach Manager Ashley Wright, Mayor Gary Christenson and Police Commissioner Salvatore "Butch" Gennetti at the medication drop-box at the Malden Police Station, 800 Eastern Avenue

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photo by City of Malden