NHFD to host drug Take Back

National DEA Take Back events provide a way for people to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs throughout the year.

During the October 2020 Take Back, Americans turned in 882,919 pounds of prescription medication at nearly 6,174 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and more than 4,896 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Combined with previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 6,300 tons of pills.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at the North Haven Fire Department at 10 Broadway. A press release announcing the local Take Back states, the Town of North Haven-DEA effort provides “the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.”

This drive-through, drop-off event is free and anonymous. Keep medications in their original containers if possible, and to ensure privacy, cross out names with a black marker.

“Visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicles and to hand the medications through the window to the staff. Visitors are discouraged to exit their vehicles or walk up to the disposal tables,” the release says.

Along with prescription pills, vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted at the Take Back. Syringes, needles or other “sharps,” inhalers, aerosol cans, mercury thermometers and iodine-containing medications will not be accepted.

For more information about the Oct. 23 North Haven Take Back, contact Carla Picard at 203-239-5321 ext. 504.

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