Bethel police will be accepting expired and unwanted prescription drugs during a joint drug take-back drive with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Excess and old medications can be brought to the Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, to be disposed of free and anonymously (no questions asked).
According to the DEA, more than 2 million pounds of pills were destroyed in their last five joint take-back efforts.
“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse,” the Bethel Police Department said in a release. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”
The release also notes that throwing medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can lead to potential health and safety issues.