Old Lyme to hold drug take-back day

Old Lyme — The town will hold a “Drug Take Back Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Old Lyme Fire House on Lyme Street. Residents may turn in their unused or expired medication and it will be disposed of safely, according to the event flyer.

The Police Department, Fire Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and CASFY-Coalition for Substance Free Youth are sponsoring the event.

During the fifth national “Drug Take Back” last year, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement officials, according to a press release.

“Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” the release states. “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. The misuse of prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers is more prevalent in the U.S. than use of all types of illicit drugs, except marijuana.”

“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet,” it adds.

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