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.


Today Is Prescription Take Back Day in Orange Til 2 p.m.

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Sep 292012

Get rid of your unused drugs on Saturday.

Do you take a lot of medication, or have bottles of unfinished prescription medications cluttering up your medicine cabinet? Instead of flushing them, which could be harmful to the environment, the Orange Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will host a one-day National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative this weekend.

The event will take place today, Sept. 29, in the Stop & Shop parking lot, 259 Bull Hill Lane, Orange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA, Officer John Aquino and members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

This is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Just drive up and drop off.

Torrential downpours kept people away from Take Back Day last year. 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.

Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne said, “Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse, and give our 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,” he said. “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.”

If you have unused medications at home, consider taking advantage of this opportunity.