October 15, 2017 09:44AM
By Ashley Kus
The Berlin Citizen
BERLIN — Berlin police are hoping residents will remove expired and unused prescriptions drugs from their homes as part of a “Drug Take Back” initiative.
“Leaving unwanted prescription drugs in your home is a risk,” said Police Lt. Chris Ciuci.
Ciuci said one of the concerns is that teens and others may have access to unused opioid prescription drugs in their homes.
Last year, the department collected over 200 pounds of expired and unused drugs.
Residents can drop off drugs from their vehicles into a curbside box located at the upper parking lot of Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct.28.
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, there have been 539 deaths as a result of accidental drug overdoses through the first half of the year. Over 320 deaths involved fentanyl and 257 involved heroin. Many addicts start with prescription drugs and then turn to heroin.
Since January, there have been two heroin-related deaths in Berlin. Almost 1,100 deaths from overdoses are projected this year by the medical examiner’s office.
“Programs like this we’re trying to encourage people to take that extra step, get those medications out of your house,” Ciuci said.
The take back events are held in April and October, but residents can drop off unwanted and unused drugs anytime in other nearby locations.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will pick up the drugs. Some drugs can cause contamination of ground and surface water if they are disposed of in a toilet or sink.
The take back is anonymous. No questions will be asked.
More information can be found by contacting Sergeant John McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-828-7191.