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Medication Disposal

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 12:00 AM by Mayor's Office

In October 2017, Malden Board of Health’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services and Malden Police Department installed a safe-disposal box in the Malden Police Station lobby for the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications. This service is free, available to the public 24/7, and completely anonymous. Accepted items include pills, capsules, tablets, liquid cough medicine, creams or other medications. Any sharps* (needles/syringes), medical devices (IV bags, home infusion items, etc.), thermometers, and medical instruments are NOT accepted.

Safely disposing of unused, unwanted and expired medications is an easy way to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription or over-the-counter medication and to protect the environment. The box has collected a total of 338 pounds of medication since October 2017. An additional 76 pounds of medication was collected as Malden participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) bi-annual Prescription Take-Back Days held every April and October. Combined, Malden’s Medication Disposal has collected a total of 414 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication in one year.

The Board of Health is appreciative to all who have worked to prevent prescription drug misuse by utilizing the services available in the community. For more information in preventing substance misuse, or to find information on accessing recovery resources, please visit This work is supported by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

*Needles and syringes may be disposed of during normal business hours at Malden Senior Center at 7 Washington Street, Malden Board of Health at 110 Pleasant Street, and Malden Housing Authority at 630 Salem Street. Please secure all sharps in a thick, plastic container with a secure lid such as a medical sharps container or laundry detergent bottle.

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

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