CTX authorities participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Phillip Cunningham
October 29, 2017

The initiative's goal is to collect and properly dispose of medications, particularly prescriptions, to ensure they aren't abused.

This national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning.

It's both shocking and true that, according to the DEA, the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from medicine cabinets of friends and family members. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Opioids are responsible for tens of thousands of overdose deaths a year.

Take Back events are held across the country today, October 28, generally from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Individuals can take pills and other solid forms of medication to one of the collection sites available in the area. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Armed law enforcement officers will be present at each drop-off site.

DEA special agents and Springfield Police officers, with help from a group from the Western New England University School of Pharmacy, assisted people that drove up with bags of unused prescription drugs. At the end of the day, all medications collected are transported to one of seven regional collection hubs in Virginia for proper disposal.

Medication should never be thrown down the drain or flushed down the toilet as wastewater treatment facilities are not capable of processing them and ultimately they end up in our water supply, officials said.

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