The city of Gardner has announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be restoring its National Drug Take-Back Program for one day only —Sept. 26.  Under the guidance of the Gardner Police Department and with the partnership of Cosentino’s Price Chopper, the Take-Back Program will allow residents to dispose of unwanted medications at Price Chopper, located at 830 E. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As Gardner recently discontinued its Drug Take-Back Program due to federal funding cutbacks at the DEA and regulation changes, the 26th of September is the only opportunity citizens have this year for drug disposal in the city. Disposal is free and anonymous, allowing participants to easily rid their cabinets of expired, unused or undesired prescriptions. Restricted items include: aerosols, inhalers, injectors, needles and unsealed liquids.
As this is a one-day-only Take-Back, citizens should contact the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control Registration Center at 800.882.9539 to find authorized disposal locations in their area, or visit http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm to learn how to properly dispose of medications.