On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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 at the Milford Senior Center as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The drop-off location for this one-day event will be at the Milford Senior Center parking lot located at 9 Jepson Drive in Milford (rain or shine). There will be an area in the lot set up as a “drive thru service”.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, local police said.

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. 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,” local police said.

Any questions regarding the event, call the Milford Police Crime Prevention Unit at (203) 874-2366 or visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take-Back Day” for more information.