(WTNH) — Saturday, April 24, was National Drug Takeback Day, and police stations from across the state participated in the takeback.
In East Hartford, police and the health department held a collective event in town Saturday.
The day aims to provide a safe and responsible way of disposing of unused prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Studies show that the majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the medicine cabinet.
The CDC says the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday’s event gave community members a chance to drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications including tablets, capsules, and patches.
Anton Trojanowski, the Health Inspector for the Town of East Hartford, “The DEA will take these prescription drugs and incinerate them safely. This keeps prescription drugs out of the water system and it also gets prescription drugs out of the bathrooms, so it’s a safety issue, too.”
In East Hartford, the prescriptions they took in will be incinerated so that they don’t fall into the wrong hands or get flushed into the town’s water system.