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Sudbury Police Receive Drug Collection Unit at Friday Event

A total of 36 communities have now received drug collection bins through the District Attorney's program since 2012.

Several police chiefs, including Sudbury's Scott Nix, received a drug collection bin Friday. (Courtesy Photo)
Several police chiefs, including Sudbury's Scott Nix, received a drug collection bin Friday. (Courtesy Photo)
Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix received a drug collection bin on behalf of the Sudbury Police Department on Friday morning, and said it will go a long way in keeping prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.

The bin was presented to Nix, along with one to the Townsend, Bedford and Ashland Police Departments, by Middlesex District Attorney Marion Ryan during an event in Woburn.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity provided by District Attorney Ryan and look forward to a continued partnership,” Nix said.  “This is but one of many initiatives to benefit residents, in particular our youth.”

Ryan's office said that this year alone more than 40 people have died from drug overdoses, including heroin and opiates like prescription drugs. 

The District Attorney also said 54 percent of people who use prescription drugs say they obtain them free from friends or family, and another 16 percent say they bought or stole the drugs from a friend or relative.

“It is important that people have a resource like this to prevent controlled substances from potentially harming people instead of helping people," said Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno. "I want to thank District Attorney Ryan for helping to make this program possible.”

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