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Saturday: Newtown PD To Participate In Drug Take Back Day



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On Saturday, October 23, from 10 am until 2 pm, Newtown Police Department and other law enforcement agencies nationwide will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 21st Drug Take Back Day.

The public can visit the department’s headquarters, at 191 South Main Street, and drop off expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications.

The DEA and Newtown Police Department officers will accept tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs.

Liquids, including intravenous solutions; syringes and other sharps; and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

Drug Take Back Days are conducted twice a year, in April and October.

Newtown Police Department currently does not have a drug drop box in its lobby.

Since July 2018, pharmacies in Connecticut have been authorized to dispose of prescription medications. No Newtown pharmacies currently have Drug Drop Boxes, according to Newtown PD, but local pharmacies will assist customers with the safe disposal of medications.

The DEA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also posted instructions for safe disposal for medications in the trash at home. Learn more at DEAtakeback.com.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The twice-annual events address a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
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