On Saturday, October 27th , from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local police departments around the county, Newport Hospital, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Bring your prescription drugs for disposal to

  • Jamestown Police Department, 250 Conanicus Ave
  • Little Compton Public Safety Building, 60 Simmons Road
  • Middletown Police Department, 123 Valley Road
  • Newport Police Department, 120 Broadway
  • Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship Street
  • Portsmouth Police Department, 2270 E. Main Road
  • Tiverton Police Department, 20 Industrial Way

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. That’s why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in – safely and anonymously – a record amount of prescription drugs.

National Results: April 2018 15th National Take Back

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,683
  • Total Collection Sites: 5,842
  • Total Weight Collected: 949,046 lbs. (474.5 Tons)

“More people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. The abuse of these prescription drugs has fueled the nation’s opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen,” said Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “This is a crisis that must be addressed from multiple angles. Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts.”

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