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STATE SENATOR

Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your Medicine Cabinet!

Prescription drugs have become a deadly source of addiction for too many individuals in Connecticut. The medicine cabinet should be cleaned out regularly so unused and unwanted medicines don't get into the wrong hands.

Prescription Drug Takeback Day

Fortunately, this Saturday, April 29, you can do your part to help curb prescription drug abuse in our community by encouraging your friends, neighbors and loved ones to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day. You can drop unused or unwanted prescription drugs at the following locations in our area 24/7:

New Haven Police Department, 1 Union Ave, New Haven
West Haven Police Department, 200 Saw Mill Road, West Haven

Leftover drugs stored in home medicine cabinets can too easily get into the wrong hands. In fact, according to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, more than four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from their parents' medicine cabinet.

Easier access to prescription drugs has contributed to drug overdose deaths surpassing motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury and death in the United States.

National Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide effort to offer individuals and families a trouble-free and environmentally friendly way to rid their homes of unwanted prescriptions at local drop-off sites. Since its inception seven years ago, Take-Back Day has collected 3.4 million pounds--more than 1,700 tons--of pills from communities across the country.

For more information about National Drug Take-Back Day and to find more collection sites , visit www.dea.gov.