Wolcott Citizens Against Substance Abuse Coalition
CASA, is partnering with the Wolcott Police Department for a Drug Take Back.
WOLCOTT, CT. – On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the CASA Coalition, in partnership with the Wolcott Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a Drug Take Back at the Wolcott Police Department, 225 Nichols Rd. This initiative is to promote the safe disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs as well as preventing abuse. In addition, the removal of medications from homes prevents the theft and misuse of the substance. Community members can bring their unused or expired medication as well as pet medication to the Wolcott Police Department for safe disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April 2016, Wolcott residents turned in approximately 40lbs of prescription drugs on National Drug Take Back day. In the country, Americans turned in a total of 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its Law Enforcement partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds of prescription drugs.
“Wolcott CASA is committed to being a part of the solution to the prescription drug epidemic in our country and to keeping our community safe.”
- Katie Ciarlo, CASA Coalition President.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22, 2016 Take Back Day event, go to the https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ or www.wolcottcasa.org.