Connecticut Residents Encouraged to Dispose of Unwanted Medication on National Drug Take Back Day
Here are some options for Connecticut families disposing of medication:
- Visit a Drug Drop Box in your community. Bring unwanted medications to a local drop box. You can find the list of over 70 permanent drop boxes at police stations throughout the state by visiting www.ct.gov/dropbox.
- Dispose of medication safely at home. On DCP’s website, you can find information about how to dispose unwanted medication safely at home. Make sure that you run your unwanted medication under hot water, combine it with something undesirable (like used kitty litter or old coffee grounds), and place it in a secure container before throwing it away. Never flush medication down the toilet or sink.
- Attend a Take Back Event. On National Drug Take Back Day and throughout the year, organizations host events where residents can dispose of medication, and learn more about services offered in their community.
“Surveys have found that nearly half of young people who inject heroin report misusing prescription painkillers before beginning heroin,” said DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “Even if it’s just a few pills, safely disposing of unwanted medication is one step everyone can take to help prevent the misuse of prescription painkillers. This simple thing can make a big difference in preventing addiction.”
If you or someone you know is living with an opioid addiction, resources from DMHAS can be found by visiting www.ct.gov/DMHAS/opioidresources, or by calling 1-800-563-4086 to be connected to treatment options.
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