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City of Beverly to Hold Second Medication Disposal Day 

In an effort to protect the health and well-being of residents of Beverly and the North Shore, Beverly Hospital has partnered with the Beverly Police Department, the Beverly Health Department, the Beverly Senior Center, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency to hold the second City of Beverly Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Beverly Senior Center and will offer residents of Beverly and surrounding communities the opportunity to bring their unused or no-longer-needed medications for proper disposal.

 

The medication disposal day is part of the City of Beverly Medication Disposal Program which was officially launched in April of this year. The Program is a community-wide collaboration of health professionals including physicians, pharmacists, law and drug enforcement officials and community leaders working together to address the need for the proper disposal of prescription medications and medical supplies in the community. The goal of the Program is to encourage and aid community members in cleaning out their medicine cabinets and properly disposing of medications and medical supplies to protect the clean water supply; decrease the risk of children, seniors or others ingesting medications by mistake; and eliminate the possibility of medications getting into the hands of those who may improperly use them.

 

"We are very pleased to collaborate again with local organizations to hold another Medication Disposal Day in the City of Beverly," said Heather Jones, director of community and public relations for Beverly Hospital and its affiliates. "At our last disposal event in April, we were able to collect approximately 8000 pills from community members for proper disposal and we hope to have the same success at our follow-up event on September 26."

 

For the convenience of the community, the upcoming medication disposal day will utilize a drive-through method to dispose of medication. Items accepted at the event will include the following: prescription and over-the-counter medication, medication samples, vitamins, veterinary medications, narcotics and liquid medications. Items not accepted include: "sharps" (needles and other sharp medical supplies) thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers and inhalers. All items will be received on a "no questions asked" basis and will be appropriately disposed of or destroyed by the Beverly Police Department and Beverly Hospital.

 

To learn more about The City of Beverly Medication Disposal Program, please attend the upcoming medication disposal day at the Beverly Senior Center, or contact Gerald MacKillop Jr., community relations manager for Beverly Hospital, at 978-236-1615.

 

Beverly Hospital
Beverly Hospital is a full service, community hospital providing quality, patient-centered care to North Shore and Cape Ann residents. Services include maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics, cardiology, as well as other specialties. The hospital boasts a medical staff of more than 600 physicians and its service area includes some 13 communities. Beverly Hospital has been nationally recognized by Solucient Institute as a 100 Top Hospital five times in the past eight years.  Beverly Hospital is a member of Northeast Health System.