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Clear The Medicine Chest: Ridgefield Holds Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be collected at Bissell Pharmacy from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be collected at Bissell Pharmacy from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield police will hold a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday at Bissell Pharmacy on 23 Governor St.

The event is part of the National Drug Take-Back Day initiative, which is designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Potentially dangerous, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be collected at Bissell Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The take-back will be set up so that people wishing to dispose of medications will not have to exit their vehicles. This service is free and completely anonymous.

All medications that are collected as part of this initiative will be taken to an incineration facility by officers from the Ridgefield Police Department for destruction.

Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to a release from the Ridgefield Police Department.

Rates of prescription drug abuse continue to increase at alarming rates in the United States, and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, to include the family medicine cabinet, the release said.

Officers from the Ridgefield Police Department will be present at the event, and all wishing to dispose of unused or unwanted medications are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, there is a drug take-back box located in the front lobby of police headquarters (76 East Ridge Rd). This take-back box is available to the public 24 hours a day/365 days of the year and is also completely anonymous.

Saturday's take-back event is sponsored by the Ridgefield Police Department and the Ridgefield Prevention Council.

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