Several Greater Danbury area police departments are participating in the DEA National Drug Take Back Initiative. The event is from 10am to 2pm, though some hours may vary. The unused drugs will be picked up by a DEA Agent to make sure they are disposed of properly. The Danbury and Newtown Police stations, Easton Library parking lot and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel are among the drop off locations.
The Northwest Corner Prevention Network is working with the Kent Resident State Trooper to host a Prescription Drug Take-Back day today at Kent Town Hall. Prevention Network representatives will also hand out free lockbags designed to safeguard prescription medications in homes.
The Ridgefield Prevention Council and the Ridgefield Police Department are participating in a prescription drug take-back initiative today to promote the proper disposal of medications. The collection is at Rite Aid on Danbury Road. The dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be taken to an incineration facility by Ridgefield Officers for destruction.
Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse continue to increase in the United States and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, to include the family medicine cabinet.
There is a prescription drug take-back box located in the front lobby of Police Headquarters, available to the public 24 hours a day/365 days of the year and is also completely anonymous.