Drug Enforcement Agency to accept leftover medications Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Agency is collecting unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at local law enforcement offices as part of its sixth annual nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The program is free and anonymous. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code.

Local collection sites include police departments or resident trooper offices in East Lyme, Groton Town, Jewett City, Ledyard, Montville, Norwich, Old Lyme and Preston and the Troop E state police barracks in Montville.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in New England and throughout our nation. The abuse of these drugs damages our families and communities. This take back day is an opportunity for everyone to remove these potentially dangerous prescriptions from their homes, thus diminishing the temptation of illicit use, potential theft and resale of these drugs,” said Special Agent in Charge John J. Arvanitis of the DEA. “DEA and our law enforcement partners stand together and are committed to this drug take back program.”

The New England Field Division collected 38,694 pounds of prescription medications during the September 2012 DEA “Take-Back” initiative. In New England, there were 539 return sites and 503 participating agencies. Nationwide, over 488,395 pounds of unwanted or unneeded prescriptions were recovered.

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