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04.13.14

Prescription Drug Drop-off Program on April 26th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
THE SOUTHBOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS April 26 AT THE POLICE STATION LOCATED AT 19 MAIN STREET.

[SOUTHBOROUGH, MA] – On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southborough Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Southborough P.D. located at 19 Main Street. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.


 

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Southborough, MA 01772

At approximately 1900 hours, Officers of the Southborough Police Department received a complaint of sexual assaults that had been occurring within the Town of Southborough.

Through the investigation it was determined that Robert Cerqua of 9 Foley Drive, Southborough, was the suspect involved in the sexual assaults.

The Southborough Police Department Detective Division sent officers to Cerqua's residence to make an arrest. It was determined that Cerqua was tipped off in regards to the investigation and was fleeing. This information was released to all law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth.

During the investigation it was determined that Cerqua was located at a motel in Albany, New York. On February 11th, 2014 at approximately 0015 hours, Cerqua was taken into custody without incident in New York State.

Cerqua is currently being held in a lock up facility in New York State on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant and is awaiting extradition to face charges in the Commonwealth.

At this current time Cerqua is being charged with the following: 2 counts of Rape of a Child, Statutory, Aggravated- 2 counts Indecent A&B on a Person 14 or over- 1 count of Dissemination of Matter Harmful to Minors.

Chief Jeffrey Roy commends the quick response and professional actions of the first responding officers, William Woodford and Detective Sean McCarthy. Follow-up investigation by Det. Sean McCarthy and a great cooperative effort by area law enforcement, the Worcester District Attorney's Office, along with the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, brought this incident to a quick conclusion.

 

 

 
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