Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Franklin on Saturday

FRANKLIN — The public in the Twin Rivers area will have its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday.

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a representative of the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, along with the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force will be manning the collection site in the lot of the CVS Pharmacy at 861 Central St.

This Drug Take-Back event is a collaborative effort by the Franklin and Tilton Police Departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force.

There is no charge for disposing unneeded medications at this event, and participants may do so anonymously.

The hope is that many area residents will take advantage of this valuable opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs. If you are unable to make it on April 26, you can access the Franklin Police Department's Medication Collection Box in the lobby of the department located at 5 Hancock Terrace in Franklin. The Collection Box is available 24/7 and anyone can anonymously drop pills and patches into the box, no questions asked.

"We are glad to participate in the annual DEA Take-Back event as an effort to create awareness of the prescription drug abuse issue, and we are very pleased with the response to the permanent collection box," says Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein. "The simple act of safely disposing of unneeded or outdated prescription drugs goes a long way toward creating a safer environment for our community," states Goldstein.

For more information on prevention of prescription drug abuse and how to talk to your kids about this dangerous problem, click on the link for the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force at

While over-the-counter and prescription medications can be brought to collection sites, the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or other sharps.