On Saturday, April 26, the town of Orange participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This year’s event took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on the Boston Post Road.
Orange Police Officer Mike Kosh and several members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on hand to explain the program to anyone with questions or concerns and to keep an eye on the thousands of old, unused or unwanted prescription medications that were deposited until the DEA arrived to transport them to an incinerating facility in CT.
In 6 hours time, the crew had collected several large trash bags filled with doctors’ samples, items that family members gathered up from a deceased relative’s medicine cabinet, etc.
The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable recourse for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.