WALLINGFORD — The Police Department will hold a Drug Take Back Program on April 26 to give residents an opportunity to dispose of unused medication.
The program will be held in the rear parking lot of the police station, 135 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local police will collect the medication.
Those participating should drive to the rear parking lot, and hand over the medication to a police officer. No one is allowed out of their vehicles.
“The need for the event is the emergence of data that suggest prescription drugs containing controlled substances are being misused/abused leading to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction in the United States,” Sgt. Michael Colavolpe said in a statement. “A factor contributing to their increased usage is their availability and accessibility within the home.”
Someone who participates each time the program takes place is Town Councilor Robert F. Parisi, who appreciates how easy it is to dispose of the medicine.
“We found it very simple. My wife puts the medication in a bag and we drove out and they took our name and we give them the bag,” Parisi said.
If it passes, a bill would require municipalities to install a prescription drop box for residents to dispose of medication. State Rep. Mary Fritz, D-Wallingford, co-sponsored the bill, along with seven other representatives. Most municipalities have a prescription drop box for residents to dispose of medication year-round. A local group asked the town to install a drop box in the police station lobby last year, but Police Chief Douglas Dortenzio and Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. opposed the idea.
Fritz said Friday that she thought the Drug Take Back Program next week was beneficial.
“It works in many ways. First of all, if we can get those prescription drugs that are not used out of the medicine cabinets and out of the hands of kids and letting people understand not to flush them down the toilets, it’s a great idea,” Fritz said.
Even if the bill doesn’t pass, Parisi said having a way for residents to dispose of any unwanted medication is important.
“I don’t care how we do it,” he said. “It should be done in a lobby or with this procedure, but I think it’s important to capture as much of the drugs that exist in the town and have them under control.”