SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Resident Trooper’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the Southbury Resident Trooper’s Office at 421 Main St. South.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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 overdoes due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that the usual methods for disposing of unused medications, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards.