Woodbridge installs drug take-back box

713 wood Police RX box
713 wood Police RX box

WOODBRIDGE >> Woodbridge residents now have a place to drop off their unwanted prescription and over-the- counter drugs.

The Police Department has a newly installed drug take-back box, thanks to donations from the Rotary Club of Woodbridge and the Bethany Orange Woodbridge Drug and Alcohol Action Committee.

The green metal box is in the lobby of the Police Department, 4 Meetinghouse Lane.

Visitors must be buzzed into the lobby and access to the drop-off box is available 24 hours a day.

“Given the severity of the opioid addiction problem across the country and the easy access that children have to prescription drugs, we believe this simple tool will help us keep Woodbridge residents safe,” said Police Chief Frank Cappiello.

Woodbridge joins the Milford Police Department, 430 Boston Post Road, and Connecticut State Police Troop I, 631 Amity Road, Bethany, to provide the service in their lobbies.

Former Woodbridge First Selectman Ellen Scalettar thanked the Woodbridge Police Department, the Rotary Club of Woodbridge and Bethany Orange Woodbridge Drug and Alcohol Action Committee “for bringing this important project to fruition.”

“This will facilitate appropriate environmental disposal of drugs and will prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands,” she said.

Residents may put any of the following items in the box: prescription medications, ointments or patches, over-the-counter medication, pet medication and vitamins.

Not accepted are syringes, thermometers, inhalers, lotions or liquids, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide or medications discarded from businesses or clinics.