PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – The Plainfield Police Department announced on Thursday they were awarded a grant from CVS pharmacy for a Drug Collection Unit.
Police say the new unit is installed in the lobby of the police department, and will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose any unwanted, unused, expired medication including controlled substances.
The new unit is intended to reduce the amount of uneeded medicine in residents homes and decrease drug abuse, which have increased over the recent years, especially amount teenagers. According to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study — More than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets.
“Safely disposing of unused medication is critical to protecting our children and our environment,” The Plainfield Police Department is proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy and we thank them for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community.”
The new Drug Collection Unit represents one of 1,000 Units CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP), a five-year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, are providing across the country. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. CVS/pharmacy is the sole retail pharmacy sponsor of this program, which builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
“CVS/pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Health in a press release. “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”
The Plainfield new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day 7 days a week and drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Residents and CVS/pharmacy customers can also inquire about the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program at the toll free phone number 1-866-559-8830 or visit http://www.cvs.com/safercommunities.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction. We develop public education campaigns that drive awareness of teen substance abuse, and lead teen-targeted efforts that inspire young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol.
For more information on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids visit their website at drugfree.org or call their toll-free helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE). They provide families with direct support and guidance to help them address teen substance abuse.