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Posted on: September 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] National Drug Take-Back Day

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Westbrook, Ct, October 24th 2020:  

On October 24th from 10 am – 2 pm the Westbrook Resident Trooper Office, the Connecticut State Police, Troop F and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent RX Drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  This effort allows for the safe, legal, and environmentally friendly disposal of prescription drugs and is offered as a free and anonymous service to all residents; with no questions asked.  Bring your RX Drugs for disposal to the Westbrook Resident Troopers Office (866 Boston Post Road). 


At this year’s take back day masks will be required and a no contact drive through drop off procedure will be followed, to keep all safe.   

This effort reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately – either by accident or through illegal sale or possession.  Take-back efforts reduce the amount of available prescription drugs in communities to limit access and avoid misuse.

Last October, Americans turned in 882,919 lbs.  (441.5 Tons) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,174 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,896 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in previous take back events, DEA and its partners have taken on over 12,699,456 lbs. of pills (6,349.7 Tons).

Westbrook Resident Troopers will continue to conduct these events to decrease the supply of unused prescription drugs in homes, reducing access and misuse, especially among youth.  We encourage community members to participate on October 24th.  Everyone needs to continue working together to make our communities safer and healthier.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is planned, staffed, and provided as a continuing proactive effort by The Westbrook Resident Troopers Office and The Connecticut State Police, Troop F to prevent drug abuse before it happens in our community. 

Masks required! Social Distancing practices will be followed.

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