Dispose of unused meds at Oct. 23 take-back

On Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dispose of your unused prescription drugs at the Middlefield Resident Troopers Office, 405 Main St. This take-back event reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately — either by accident or through illegal sale or possession. The take-back is supported by the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition, Durham Middlefield Youth & Family Services and the towns of Durham and Middlefield.

“Prescription drug misuse is increasing at alarming rates,” said Dena Miccinello, Prevention Coordinator with the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition. “Data shows that most of the illegal prescription drug use occurs when people get them from a friend or family member, for free.”

Last October, Americans turned in 882,919 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,174 sites operated by the DEA 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.

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