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Posted on: October 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Drug Take-Back

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The Westbrook Police are supporting the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by sponsoring a drop-off site at the Westbrook Town Hall on October 23rd from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

 The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

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