STATE OF ADDICTION: DEA hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

As part of WCVB's '5 on: State of Addiction' public awareness effort, we are encouraging viewers to turn in unused prescription drugs on April 29! The drugs can be turned in from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Falmouth Police Station, 750 Main Street.

Citizens are encouraged to bring their unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs for disposal. No paperwork is required, and labels do not have to be removed. The drop off medications can be made anonymously with no questions asked.

"Anytime we can take the unwanted or unused medication out of the line of sight, out of being accessible to anyone whom it wasn't prescribed and for it to fall into the hands where it would be misused is an excellent program", Byrne said.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take-Back Day event on April 29, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Last October, the public turned in 731,269 pounds-almost 366 tons-of medication to the DEA and more than 4,000 of its community partners at nearly 5,200 collection sites nationwide. At any time throughout the year, households in Windsor County may take advantage of the permanent drop-boxes in the lobbies of the following Police Departments: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor, and Woodstock. The pouches can hold up to 25 pills and with a bit of water, can dissolve them and make it safe to throw them away in the trash.

Since inception of the Take Back Days, towns across Windsor County and the State have worked diligently to expand access to permanent drug collection units.

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