National Drug Take Back Day is a biannual, free, no-questions-asked event that gives the community the opportunity to aid in the fight against substance use disorder by disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs.
The event this year will be held on Saturday, April 24.
As part of the event, residents can drop off unwanted pills or patches, but not liquids, needles, or sharps.
“Oftentimes, unused or unwanted prescriptions fall into the wrong hands,” Hull Police Chief John Dunn said. “To prevent this from occurring, we encourage our residents to join us in disposing of any old or unused prescription drugs at our upcoming drug take back day.”
The police department has a permanent take back box in the police station lobby for those who wish to dispose of prescriptions but are unable to participate in Take Back Day. Residents should note that no liquids, needles, sharps, or inhalers can be dropped off at the kiosk.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2019 an estimated 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives.
Hull residents are reminded that masks and social distancing will be required at both the Hull Police Department’s National Drug Take Back Day event and whenever residents visit the drug disposal kiosk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, about this month’s Take Back Day, or for complete results from past Take Back Day events, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.