16th National RX Drug Take Back Day - 10/27/18

By Linda Ziac

The Caregiver Resource Center

October 26, 2018

www.CaregiverResourceCenter.com

 

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.

 

Source: DEA

 

 

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in the United States continues to grow, we are presented with many challenges, including how to safely dispose of our outdated and unused medications.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

 

YES:

 

- Over-the-counter medications

 

- Prescription medications

 

- Medication samples

 

- Medications for household pets

 

- Medicated lotions or ointments

 

NO:

 

- Needles or other "sharps"

 

- Hazardous waste

 

- Thermometers

 

- Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)

 

 

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

 

IN CT:

 

-  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

 

CVS

 

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

TOWN HALL

 

 

-  VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT

VILLAGE OF DOBBS FERRY

 

 

-  WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE

NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL

MAIN LOBBY

 

 

COLLECTION SITE LOCATOR

 

To locate a Prescription Drug Drop Off Site in your area, please visit:

 

https://takebackday.dea.gov/#collection-locator

 

 

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP

 

Remember that help is just a phone call away!

 

 

AVAILABLE RESOURCES

 

-  CT Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services

 

410 Capitol Avenue

 

Hartford, CT 06106

 

800-446-7348

 

TDD: 888-621-3551

 

www.dmhas.state.ct.us

 

 

-  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

 

Dial 211

 

http://www.211ct.org

 

 

-  SAMHSA's National Helpline

 

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

 

TTY: 1-800-487-4889

 

 

-  Veteran's Crisis Line

 

1-800-273-8255

 

TTY: 1-800-799-4889

 

 

-  A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous)

 

A.A. World Services, Inc.

 

New York, NY

 

212-870-3400

 

Find an AA near you - http://www.aa.org

 

 

-  Al-Anon

 

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

 

For friends and family members of a problem drinker

 

757-563-1600

 

http://www.al-anon.alateen.org

 

 

 

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.

 

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