Barnstable County has a commitment to water quality, and to help mitigate the opioid epidemic that has ravaged our region. Pharmaceuticals show up in testing of our ground, surface, and marine waters. Police chiefs from across the county agree that the majority of crimes on Cape Cod are related to drug abuse. For these reasons, an Unwanted Medication Program was implemented many years ago by Cooperative Extension and it has evolved over the years to meet the needs of residents. To safety dispose of unwanted medications, all 15 towns on Cape Cod have an anonymous and free drop-off kiosk in their police department lobby; The DEA generally offers two take-backs per year, in April and October. Like us on Facebook to stay in in the loop; CVS and Walgreen and other major pharmacies offer mail-back programs for unwanted medications. Some towns may be offering take-back at HHWs, stay tuned!
Below are some materials outlining ways to dispose of medications.