Drug Take-Back Day to Dispose of Unwanted Drugs

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Drug Take-Back Day will occur on Oct. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of the Putnam, CT Police Department.)

Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Brendan Dyer, Crime Editor

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Connecticut State Police will be hosting Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in an effort to collect unwanted prescription drugs.

The effort is part of a state-wide initiative to stop pill abuse and distribution. Due to the alarmingly high overdose and abuse rates of prescription drugs in the United States citizens are encouraged to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted drugs.

The initiative stems from a bill passed by Congress in 2010 called the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. The bill, an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act, allows an “ultimate user” of substances to dispose of them to collectors authorized by the Attorney General.

The process is free and anonymous and serves as a safe alternative to disposing of the drugs in the toilet or trash, which studies suggest cause health risks and safety hazards.

This will be an ongoing approach to the safe disposal of prescription drugs every few months.

In April 2016 all State Police barracks across Connecticut were equipped with drug collection boxes donated by CVS Pharmacy. These terminals are available to the public year-round, 24-hours a day.

Those wanting to participate in the take-back initiative Saturday, Oct. 22 are encouraged to visit these locations:

  • Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
  • Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
  • Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
  • Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
  • Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
  • Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
  • Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

The permanent drop box locations are:

  • Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
  • Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
  • Troop C-Tolland 1320 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland
  • Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
  • Troop E-Montville I-395 North (between exits 6 & 9), Montville
  • Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
  • Troop G-Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street, Bridgeport
  • Troop H-Hartford 100R Washington Street, Hartford
  • Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
  • Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
  • Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield
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