Glastonbury - posted Apr, 05 2013
GLASTONBURY - On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Glastonbury Police Department, the Town of Glastonbury Health Department 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 the Riverfront Community Center at 300 Welles Street on April 27. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. Please note that set up will be in the south parking lot, which is to the left of the building if you are looking at it. Please pull into the south lot and turn left. Drop your medications like a drive thru so there will be no delay. You can exit the lot in a counter clockwise position. Medications can be left in their original bottles and packaging: just drop and go. In past collections, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds, or 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. Please take advantage of this free service.