Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue and proper disposal of unused drugs can save lives and protect the environment. With that in mind, the Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St., will help residents safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications during National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and is free to the public with no questions asked.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was initiated through the Drug Disposal Act, which aims to encourage the public and private entities to collect unused medications in a secure and convenient manner. With a focus on medications, the Windsor Police cannot accept needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs.
Past disposal methods — flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — have been found to pose safety, health and environmental hazards. According to Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative addresses these issues citing, “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA across the United States with the help of nearly 5,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit DEA.gov and GetSmartAboutDrugs.com. For more information about the Windsor Police, visit windsorpd.com.