RANDOLPH, MA – As part of their continued efforts to promote more regional public health services between Avon, Holbrook and Randolph, organizers of the three-town initiative today announced three upcoming medical waste and sharps collection events to be held in each of the three communities over the next two months.
The collection events, being led in partnership with the Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Boards of Health, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th in the Avon Town Hall parking lot, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th in the Randolph Town Hall parking lot, and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th at the Holbrook Police and Fire Department.
Residents of each community are invited to bring all unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and any sharps to these collection days. Medications and sharps can be dropped-off at any of the collection events by any resident of Avon, Holbrook and Randolph.
“These collection events are important for a variety of reasons,” says Randolph Public Health Director Gerard Cody, R.E.H.S/R.S. “Not only do these provide safe and secure packaging, transportation and disposal of unwanted medications and used syringes, they help us take a big step in preventing unnecessary addiction and deaths from accidental medication exposure; they help protect our environment, and they strengthen our public safety by preventing medication and syringes from ending up in public places. Our goal is to reduce the possibility of human health impacts and ecological risks from medicines in our water. ”
Past events in other municipalities have collected more than 200 pounds of drugs, pills, syrups and syringes that would have otherwise lingered in bathroom medicine chests and kitchen cabinets.
“The Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Boards of Health continue to prioritize these efforts because they’re committed to addressing the risks that occur for residents and our environment when medications and syringes aren’t disposed of in a safe manner,” added Avon Health Agent Kathleen Waldron. “Our upcoming medical waste collection events are a great opportunity for local residents, and we highly encourage them to attend.”
“These collaborative events made possible through the assistance of the Norfolk County Commissioners truly highlight the County’s commitment to creating partnerships to best serve our residents. Norfolk County remains proud of its work as a catalyst to help achieve these goals, and we’re pleased to continue our efforts with Avon, Holbrook and Randolph,” added Francis W. O’Brien, Chairman of the Norfolk County Commissioners.
WHAT: Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Public Health Coalition to Host FREE Medication and Sharps Collection Days
Attendees are requested that they DO NOT drop off loose syringes or needs, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other solutions, no rubbish, garbage, mercury or mercury containing devices, asthma inhalers, aerosols or cylinders; and they’re asked to not leave medications outside if they are early or late to the event.
WHEN: Saturday, April 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at in the Avon Town Hall parking lot, 65 East Main Street, Avon, MA
Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at in the Randolph Town Hall parking lot, 41 South Main Street, Randolph, MA
Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at in the Holbrook Police and Fire Department, 300 South Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA
About the Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Public Health Coalition:
The Avon, Holbrook and Randolph Public Health Nursing Coalition is made possible by a $46,000 state Community Compact Grant supported by the Norfolk County Commissioners to bring together the three communities to create more regional public health nursing services for local residents. As part of the initiative, local officials have been placing a particular emphasis on helping to prioritize senior wellness initiatives, combating the opiate epidemic and responding to the influx of tuberculosis cases, among other goals.