East Hartford to hold Drug Take-Back Day

By East Hartford Police Department
East Hartford - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
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The East Hartford Public Safety Complex. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Hartford Public Safety Complex, located at 31 School St.

Locally, this event is being sponsored by the East Hartford Police, Fire and Health Departments. The program offers citizens the opportunity to safely discard unwanted, unused prescription drugs that have accumulated in their households.

Residents are advised that the collection program is limited to prescription medications, pills, capsules and caplets. Items which cannot be collected include: I.V. bags, sharps (anything with a needle or lance), Epi-pens, patches, gels, medications in tubes and liquids.

When the national results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.

“These events dramatically reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, sickness and hospitalizations attributable to inappropriate or outdated medication consumption and environmental damage including groundwater contamination and non-point watercourse pollution,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc. “Medication disposal is a major public health and safety concern.”


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