As a service to the community, Gardner Price Chopper and the Gardner Police Department will host a Drug Take Back program on Saturday, April 29th. If you have old, expired prescription medications you can drop them off at Price Chopper for safe disposal. The Gardner Police Dept will have a table located adjacent to the Price Chopper Pharmacy to collect and safely dispose of expired medications. Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse.
Please Note: Due to the manner in which the expired meds will be disposed, certain items cannot be taken during these collections. Needles, liquid medications and pressurized cylinders (bronchial inhalers) will not be collected.
Medicine take-back programs are a good way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events where collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for safe disposal of prescription drugs. Local law enforcement agencies may also sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. Likewise, consumers can contact their local waste management authorities to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for their area.
The Gardner Police Department maintains a safe drop off point throughout the year for expired medication at the the local office (440 E Main St.) for your convenience.