By Linda Ziac
The Caregiver Resource Center
October 26, 2018
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Saturday, October 27, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
As the number of prescriptions written in the United States continues to grow, we are presented with many challenges, including how to safely dispose of our outdated and unused medications.
Over the years, there has been a growing concern about the negative effect on our health as medications are thrown out and the chemicals gain entry into our water, soil and food.
Another concern is the growing abuse of prescription medications by teenagers and young adults.
According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America:
- 6 out of 10 teens agree that prescription drugs are easy to get from parents' medicine cabinets
- 4 out of 10 teens think that prescription drugs are safer to use than illegal drugs
MEDICATION DROP BOXES
The proper disposal of medication prevents accidental use, intentional misuse, and protects the environment.
Currently there are a number of police departments across the country that have set up medication drop boxes, where people can safely and easily and anonymously dispose of their unused medication.
Please Note: The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.
The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
According to the CT Department of Consumer Protection "These boxes are secured in the lobby of the police department, and are accessible anytime the department is open. No questions asked, just drop the unwanted medications in and they will be safely and securely destroyed."
WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DISCARDED
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications
- Medication samples
- Medications for household pets
- Medicated lotions or ointments
- Needles or other "sharps"
- Hazardous waste
- Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
- BRIDGEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
COMMUNITY SERVICES DIVISION
1395 SYLVAN AVENUE
BRIDGEPORT, CT 06604
- DERBY POLICE DEPARTMENT
125 WATER STREET
DERBY, CT 06418
- FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
100 REEF ROAD
FAIRFIELD, CT, 06824
- GREENWICH POLICE DEPARTMENT
11 BRUCE PLACE
GREENWICH, CT 06830
- MILFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
MILFORD SENIOR CENTER
9 JEPSON DRIVE
MILFORD, CT 06460
- NEW HAVEN POLICE DEPARTMENT
1 UNION AVENUE
NEW HAVEN, CT 06510
- NORWALK DEPARTMENT OF POLICE SERVICES
1 MONROE STREET
NORWALK, CT 06854
- ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENT
279 BOSTON POST ROAD
ORANGE, CT 06477
- SEYMOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT
11 FRANKLIN STREET
SEYMOUR, CT 06483
- STAMFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
805 BEDFORD ST
STAMFORD, CT 06902
- STRATFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
LOBBY-PRESCRIPTION DROP BOX
900 LONGBROOK AVENUE
STRATFORD CT, 06615
- WESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
56 NORFIELD ROAD
WESTON, CT 06883
IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY
- CROTON ON HUDSON POLICE
CROTON COMMONS SHOPPING PLAZA
- NORTH CASTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
- VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT
VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY
- WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL
COLLECTION SITE LOCATOR
To locate a Prescription Drug Drop Off Site in your area, please visit:
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP
Remember that help is just a phone call away!
- CT Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
- F.S. DuBois Center
(Operated by the State of CT)
780 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905
For general information: 203-388-1600
Crisis services: 203-358-8500
- CT Info-line
- SAMHSA's National Helpline
- Veteran's Crisis Line
- A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous)
A.A. World Services, Inc.
New York, NY
Find an AA near you - http://www.aa.org
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.
For friends and family members of a problem drinker
Photo from the DEA
The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient provider relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
Linda Ziac is the owner and founder of The Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. which Linda founded in October 1990. The Caregiver Resource Center provides a spectrum of concierge case management and advocacy services for seniors, people with special needs and families.
Linda's professional career spans more than 40 years in the health and mental health field as a CT Licensed Professional Counselor, CT Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Board Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Certified Case Manager, and Board Certified Dementia Practitioner. In addition, Ms. Ziac has 15 years of experience coordinating care for her own parents.
Linda assists seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, safety, independence, and quality of life. Linda meets with individuals and family members to assess their needs, and develop a Care Team, while working with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map).
Once a plan is in place, Linda is available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. This role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goal.