April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Gardner Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration held their fifteenth Take Back event in 7 years. The purpose is to offer a safe way for the public to dispose of unwanted and potentially dangerous expired or unused prescription drugs. Sergeant Steve Benz and Officer Lauren Martin  staffed the collection post inside Price Chopper and collected these three boxes of unwanted prescription drugs within the first hour onsite. By day’s end, GPD had collected eight boxes.

Staff photo by Rick Poppitz