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Stamford Police Hold Drug Take-Back Day

Residents will have a chance to rid their medicine cabinets of old or outdated drugs during a drug drop-off day sponsored by the Stamford Police Department as part of a national effort on Saturday, April 30.
Residents will have a chance to rid their medicine cabinets of old or outdated drugs during a drug drop-off day sponsored by the Stamford Police Department as part of a national effort on Saturday, April 30. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

STAMFORD, Conn. -- If your medicine cabinet is overflowing with old, outdated medications, then the upcoming Stamford Police drug take-back day is the perfect time to get rid of them safely. 

The event will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at police headquarters, 805 Bedford St.

All you need to do is drive up to headquarters where officers will have a "drive-thru" set-up to accept any unused or expired medications. Liquid medications and needles will not be accepted.

The effort is part of a national drive to rid households of dangerous drugs that children or teens may get their hands on. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, last year, more than 3,800 federal, state and local counterparts took in more than 702,365 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted drugs at more than 5,000 collection sites across the United States. This was the 10th event since 2010; cumulatively, these events have collected 5,525,021 pounds of drugs.

According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.5 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That same study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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