MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A drug take back event in Milford on Saturday collected 268 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.
The event was part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Police say rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
According to officials, people should not throw away unused medicines or flush them down the toilet because both pose potential safety and health hazards.