by Jacqueline Longo, April 28, 2016
Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership
The Governor's Prevention Partnership
"Unsure of what to do with those unused or expired prescription medications? Deposit them this weekend at a collection site near you! Although prescription medications can be an important part of treatment, when misused, these medications can be harmful and can possibility lead to addiction and other illegal drug use. Using prescription medications when they are not prescribed to you is just as dangerous as using an illegal drug and in Connecticut, 11% of high school youth report to misusing prescription medications at least once in their life.
The DEA is determined to provide safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing unwanted prescription drugs and invites everyone to prepare now by looking through their medicine cabinets to see if there is unneeded or expired medications that can be disposed of at a safe deposit site. The service is FREE of charge with no questions asked.
Can’t make it this Saturday? That’s OK! Many local police departments have medication drop boxes in their lobby so residents can drop off unused prescription medication any time with no questions asked. There are currently 60 collection box locations in Connecticut. View here to find a local collection box near you!"
View additional resources to speak with youth about the dangers of substance abuse.