Glastonbury Drug Take Back event set for April 27
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 19, 2013
The Glastonbury Police Department, along with the Glastonbury Health Department, will be hosting a Drug Take-Back event on April 27, as part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Local residents will have the opportunity to rid their homes of expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, by bringing them to the south parking lot of the Riverfront Community Center between 10 a.m. and 2 pm.
The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked. Medications may be left in their original bottles and packaging.
Glastonbury Health Director David Boone said Glastonbury has had three similar events previously, and local residents have responded well. The take-back addresses a vital health and safety issue, he said.
“We certainly don't want these things to fall into the hands of those they were not prescribed for, but from the health department's standpoint, it's also a matter of ground water protection,” he said, adding that the events have been welcomed by the public.
“It's been really impressive, considering the size of the town,” Boone said. “I think folks have been looking for a place to dispose of old medicines, and I attribute the success of the program to offering that opportunity. People are sensitive to the need to dispose of these things properly.”
In past collections, 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, according to a press release from the Glastonbury Police Department. The press release also noted that medicines languishing in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, and that rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are rates of accidental poisonings and overdoses.
Boone said there will likely be more take-back events in the future, but he anticipates a high turnout at the April 27 event, because it's a national event that has been receiving a lot of exposure.
“I'm sure it will be another successful collection, and a lot of other towns are participating as well,” he said.
Residents are advised to bring expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins & veterinary medications, those from deceased family members, or any unknown tablets or capsules.
Thermometers, needles and medical waste should not be brought.
More information and other drug take-back locations can be found at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.