Information for Healthcare Professionals

Research shows that many people who become addicted to heroin and other opioids began their drug use by taking drugs from family members or by abusing painkillers they were prescribed.  In July 2012, the Norwood Police Department sent a letter to every doctor, dentist and endodontist practicing in the Town of Norwood asking their assistance in combatting this problem. We ask healthcare professionals to do the following:

  • Warn your patients about the potential for abuse of narcotic painkillers such as
    oxycodone and hydrocodone.
    • Encourage them to dispose of old medications as
      soon as the need for them has passed.
      The Norwood Police Department maintains a drug disposal receptacle in
      the lobby at Police Headquarters. Patients can bring in their unused
      medications 24 hours a day, seven days per week. No appointment is needed and no questions are asked.
  • Medications should be removed from medicine cabinets during social
    gatherings and prior to real estate open houses.