RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Police Department and the Ridgefield Prevention Council are sponsoring a prescription drug take back day at Bissels Pharmacy in Ridgefield, on Saturday April 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Drop off unused and expired prescription medications. There will be no forms to fill out and no questions asked.
Prescriptions left in purses and medicine cabinets can be stolen and misused. The Medicine Abuse project calls people "accidental dealers" when their medications end up being misused by others.
This is especially dangerous with opioid pain medications, as they are highly addictive and have a high risk of overdose.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and environmental health issue.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away--both are potential safety and environmental hazards.
Be a part of the solution and bring prescription medications to this Take Back Day, or drop them off anytime at the Ridgefield Police Department's Permanent drug take back box in the RPD lobby.
For more information, contact the RPD or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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