A Drug Take Back Day is being held in Betheland elsewhere this weekend. The Federal Drug Enforcement Adminstration is working with local police for this event were officers will be collecting expired and unwanted prescription medication.
According to the DEA more than two million pounds of pills have been destroyed in the past five years. The DEA says disposing of old prescriptions this way prevents children and pets being accidentally poisoned, deters misuse by teens and adults, avoids health problems by taking expired medication and keeps medicine from entering waterways if flushed and contaminating drinking water.
Old or excess medication can be turned in at the Bethel Police Department from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Take Back Day collections are also being held at the Danbury Police Department, Newtown Police Department, Monroe Police Department and the New Fairfield and Sherman Resident State Trooper barracks. State Police Troop A will also be colelcting unwanted medication at 421 Main Street South in Southbury and 90 Lakeside Road in Danbury.