Milford Police Department and the Milford Prevention Council in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) accepted unwanted prescription drugs from the public as part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Volunteers from the Milford Police Department Citizens Academy assisted with the event. The drop-off location for this one-day event was the Milford Senior Center parking lot located at 9 Jepson Drive in Milford. The efforts of everyone involved helped in the collection of 193 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs during the event!
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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. In addition, Americans have now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take-Back Day” for more information regarding future drug take-back day events.