Milford Police collect 685.4 pounds of prescription drugs on drug take back day
On Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Milford Police Department and the Milford Prevention Council, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected unused/unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a national initiative to prevent prescribing. drug abuse and theft by clearing their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The drop-off location for this one-day event was the Milford Senior Center car park located at 9 Jepson Drive in Milford.
A total of 685.4 pounds of prescription medications were collected and safely disposed of. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines languishing in household cupboards are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarming, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that most prescription drugs abused come from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now being told that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health risks. Visit the DEA’s website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take Back Day” for more information on future Drug Take Back Day events.
The Milford Police Department would also like to remind the public that they can drop off their unused/unused prescription medications 24/7 in the lobby of Police Headquarters, 430 Boston Post Rd. , Milford.
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