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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/28/2011
Connecticut State Police Taking back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Connecticut State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to one of the sites listed below.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. 

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.

Four days after last fall’s event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” 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.  DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Connecticut State Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Bring your medications to one of the following Troops or Resident Trooper’s (RT) Office for disposal:

Durham Resident Trooper’s Office – 24 Town House Road, Durham

Haddam & Killingworth RT Offices – Killingworth Town Hall, 323 Rt 81, Killingworth

Old Lyme RT’s Office – Fire House, 69 Lyme St., Old Lyme

Westbrook RT’s Office – Westbrook Town Hall/Senior Center, 866 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook

Chester, Deep River, and Essex RT Offices – Route 9, exit 3 commuter lot, on Rt. 154 in Essex

East Lyme RT’s Office – East Lyme Senior Center, Society Rd., East Lyme

Colchester RT’s Office – Colchester Town Hall, 127 Norwich Ave., Colchester

Hebron RT’s Office – RHAM High School, 85 Wall St., Hebron

Brooklyn RT’s Office – Mortlake Fire House, Rt. 169, Brooklyn

Ellington RT’s Office – 33 Arbor Way, Ellington

Woodbury RT’s Office – 271 Main Street South, Woodbury

Southbury RT's Office - 421 Main St. South, Southbury

Troop B – 463B Ashley Falls Rd. (Route 7), North Canaan

Troop I – 631 Amity Rd. (Rt 63), Bethany

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Lt. J. Paul Vance