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Dispose of Drugs Safely in West Hartford

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National Take-Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, and will take place in the West Hartford Department of Public Works parking lot.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Police Department and West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District will be once again collaborating with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration for the Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

The intent of Drug Take Back Day is to ensure that unwanted and unused pharmaceutical-controlled substances and other medications are disposed of properly and responsibly, and to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

This event is the DEA’s 19th nationwide Drug Take Back Day since the inception of the initiative 10 years ago. 

The event, which is free and anonymous, will be held at the Public Works Complex, 17 Brixton St., West Hartford, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enter via Brixton Street and volunteers will be on hand to take items from your vehicle.

In order to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, participants are asked to place their items in a box in the trunk or back of their vehicle for contactless pick-up.

Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules, as well as patches, will be accepted.

Intra-venous solutions, injectable medicines, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here.

For more information, contact the West Hartford Police Department at 860-570-8845.

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