In an effort to help residents safely dispose of prescription drugs, the Weston Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
On that day, residents may safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs in a special box in the lobby of the main office of the Weston Police Department at town hall.
Weston Police Sergeant Mike Ferullo will be supervising the collection.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to dispose of accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs,” said Weston Police Chief John Troxell.
A lot of people have drugs in their cabinets they may have forgotten about, Chief Troxell noted, and because Weston has septic systems, it’s not a good idea to flush them down the toilet. “People can bring the drugs to our office and drop them off in the box. We don’t take names,” he said.
The collection is sponsored and overseen by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which will collect the drugs from the police and dispose of them.
This is the first time Weston has participated in the program. “I think it’s a good idea because unused prescription drugs can lead to accidental poisoning or abuse,” Chief Troxell said.
In a similar collection held across the country in April, citizens turned in 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications.