Looking to safely clean out your medicine cabinet of expired or no longer needed medications? There's a day for that.
Milford Police, working together with the Milford Prevention Council, will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 26 as part of National Drug Take-Back Day.
The national effort, led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is aimed at taking commonly abused drugs out of circulation.
'No Questions Asked'
The drop-off location for this one-day event will be at the Milford Senior Center parking lot, at 9 Jepson Drive in Milford. The drop off will be held rain or shine.
For convenience, there will be an area in the lot setup as a “drive thru service.”
"The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked," Milford Police Lt. Jeffrey Nielsen stated in a press release.
Public Health & Safety Issue
The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Nielsen noted medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
He added that 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," Nielsen stated.
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, police said.
Any questions regarding the event please call the Milford Police Crime Prevention Unit at (203) 874-2366.
Residents can also visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take-Back Day” for more information.