Drop off prescription drugs for disposal
The Milford Police Department and the Milford Prevention Council in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 to 2 at the Milford Senior Center parking lot, 9 Jepson Drive in Milford (rain or shine).
There will be an area in the lot set up as a drive-through service, so residents won’t even have to get out of their cars. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, local officials say. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.
The Saturday program gives residents a perfect way to get rid of these old bottles of pills.