WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police departments across Connecticut are trying to combat the opioid crisis by participating in Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Giveback Day.
On this designated day, people are encouraged to dispose of their unwanted or unused prescription drugs from home and dispose of them in special disposal boxes at participating police stations, no-questions-asked.
But, police know that some people may be hesitant to do this at a police station, so some neighborhood pharmacies are applying to become drop-off sites year-round.
One of those pharmacies is Bunker Hill Pharmacy in Waterbury.
NEWS 8 talked to workers there about why they feel it could be a good step in combating the crisis.
Records show 1,017 people died of accidental overdoses in 2018.
Staff said they hear and see those heartbreaking stories firsthand with some people sometimes getting caught in the trap of overdosing.
“It hits our heart very deeply,” said Bunker Hill Pharmacy’s Bill Summa. “We see people come in, that…that it really hurts us to dispense the drugs but they have a valid prescription. So we have to adhere to that.”
Cassandra Sommers said she’s seen the heartbreak as well after losing her son, Bradley.
“Bradley went to his grandmother’s house for Christmas, and while he was at his grandmother’s house, he was actually recovering from another illness and he was in a lot of pain,” she said. “And he found his grandmother’s morphine and he took it. At 2:13 Christmas Eve, he looked up safe doses of morphine. By Christmas morning, we were getting a phone call he did not wake up on Christmas.”