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Gather Up Your Drugs For Take-Back Day This Month

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Apr 192017
 

Get rid of your unused drugs in April.

For the past six years the town of Orange has participated in Drug Take-Back Day with great success.

On Saturday, April 29, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), has scheduled another one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again, the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will assist in the collection.

This event will take place in the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  This is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Unwanted, unused, or expired medications in our homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies have shown 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, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

Just bring your unwanted drugs in a box or bag and dump them into one of the large containers provided at the site.

The DEA will bring all of Connecticut’s collected items to an undisclosed site and incinerate them.

Officer Amarone, CERT Volunteers Brave Raw Weather to Collect Unwanted Drugs

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Oct 222016
 

dsc09754The Orange Police Department once again participated in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone was at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

This year, they withstood freezing temperatures, sporadic rainfall and wind and collected only 2.5 bags of unwanted medications. (In past years, they’ve filled as many as 6 bags)

Background:

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.

Yes, folks, epi pens and old over the counter drugs also are accepted.

 

Drug Take Back Day A Success

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May 012016
 

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 5.19.05 PMThe Orange Police and DEA thank everyone who came out to CVS on Saturday for the annual Drug Take Back Day event.

Officer Robert Amarone and members of the Orange CERT were on-hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they collected enough expired prescription medications, epi pens, etc to fill one large garbage bag and 6 boxes.

The DEA took the items to an undisclosed location where they were incinerated.

Clean Out Your Cabinets, Saturday Is Drug Take Back Day In Orange

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Apr 302016
 

TAKE-BACK-300x184The Orange Police Department is participating in “Drug Take Back Day” this  Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Amarone will be at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

Originally Published on: Apr 27, 2016 @ 00:44

Drug Take Back Day a Valuable Resource

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Sep 262015
 

IMG_6268On Saturday, Sept. 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 Robert Amarone 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 4 hours time (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) 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.

Participating residents thanked the collection team for offering the convenient service.

The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable resource for a variety of reasons, including  the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.

 

Where Do You “Recycle” Prescription Meds? — At Drug Take Back Day On April 26

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Apr 112014
 

drugs-300x224For the past three years the town of Orange has participated in Drug Take Back Day with great success.

On Saturday, April 26, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), has scheduled another one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This event will take place in the CVS parking lot, 279 Boston Post Road.  This is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution.  This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Unwanted, unused, or expired medications in our homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are very high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies have shown 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, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can pose a potential safety and health hazard.

The Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will assist in the collection.

Just bring your unwanted drugs in a box or bag and dump them into one of the large containers provided at the site.

The DEA will bring all of Connecticut’s collected items to an undisclosed site and incinerate them.

Take Back Day Was A Huge Success

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Sep 292012
 

Drug take back is easy, drive up and drop off, no questions asked.

Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, police officer John Aquino and a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were on hand at Stop & Shop on Bull Hill Lane today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Residents take this once-a-year opportunity to properly dispose of old and unused prescription medications instead of flushing them or throwing them away and risk having them fall into the wrong hands.

Most participants arrived with a bottle or two, deposited them in the container, thanked the volunteers and left, but everyone was surprised when someone pulled up in a van and pulled out garbage bags full of medications that a deceased relative, who once was a pharmaceutical company rep, had left behind.

The DEA gathers all the pills from every collection location and brings them to one place where they are incinerated, so they don’t cause any harm to the environment or individuals who may have taken them improperly.

If you missed this event, the DEA will host another one next fall.