MILFORD, Conn (WTNH) —- According to the Milford Police department, their drug take-back day held at the Milford Senior Center parking lot yielded great results.
On October 22, the Milford Police Department worked with the Milford Prevention Council and the Drug Enforcement Administration to accept unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired prescription medicine. This is initiative addresses a crucial public safety and health issue, as medicine left in home cabinets are more available for sharing, misuse, and abuse.
Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends, and home medicine cabinets. Additionally, many people dispose of prescription drugs in hazardous ways such as flushing them or throwing them away.
The effort of everyone involved in this drug take-back event allowed a total of 313 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs to be collected.
For more information on drug take back efforts in your area, visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click “National Prescription Take-Back Day”.