The following was submitted by Darien Director of Health David Knauf (for a video of last year's drug drop-off, ):
On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the in conjunction with the and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the (126 Ledge Rd.). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills.
Proper disposal of medications is also important in protecting the environment, since low levels of prescription drugs have been detected in surface and groundwater in various locations throughout the country.
So to protect the environment and the health of our children, please:
- Clean out the medicine cabinets
- Leave the meds in the original containers,
- Block out any personal identifying information
- Never flush meds down the toilet
- And bring those prescription and over-the-counter meds to the special collection area at the Transfer Station on Saturday.
Please note that this collection effort is for drugs only. No other items such as needles or hazardous materials will be accepted.