The Middletown Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will be partnering this weekend to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Area residents will be able to safely dispose of their prescription medication at Middletown Police Department’s headquarters, 130 Hampden Road, during the public drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27.
The service is free and no questions will be asked.
The event is intended to address prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, while common methods for disposing of unused medicines – including flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose safety and health hazards.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its law enforcement partners.
Middletown Police Chief Hank Tobin said last year’s local take-back event was a success and he hopes to see high turnout again this year.
“Getting these drugs off of the streets and out of the hands of someone who might misuse them is critical,” he said. “We are happy to be a part of this endeavor.”
For more information, visit www.middletownpd.us.