National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 29

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) and the Torrington Area Health District are reminding residents of northwest Connecticut that Saturday, April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs and educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

untitledYou can help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal in boxes that are secured in the lobby of police departments, and are accessible anytime the department is open. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked and all the unwanted medications will be safely and securely destroyed.

Participating Connecticut area drop off sites include Torrington Police Department, 576 Main Street, Torrington, Thomaston Police Department, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, Watertown Police Department, 195 French Street, Watertown, Canton Police Department, 45 River Road, Canton, and the State Police Station at 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan.

Items that CAN be brought and discarded confidentially in the medication drop-box include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, and medicated lotions or ointments. Items that are NOT accepted are needles or other “sharps”, hazardous waste, thermometers, and personal care products such as shampoos.

For more information and to find a prescription drug drop-off box near you – visit the CT Department of Consumer Protection website at http://www.ct.gov/dcp

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Torrington Area Health District (TAHD) was the second health district formed in Connecticut and was officially recognized by the State Department of Public Health in 1968. Today, the health district is a wide-ranging agency addressing traditional public health responsibilities as well as collaborating with many other federal, state and local organizations on new emerging issues. Visit http://www.tahd.org/ for more information.

 CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. For a full list of offerings and an online physician directory, visit www.charlottehungerford.org.

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