Windsor Police will participate in National Drug Take Back Day Sept. 26 |

Windsor Police will participate in National Drug Take Back Day Sept. 26

James Redmond

Windsor Police will give the whole community a chance to safely dispose of their old and unused prescription medications when they participate in National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Windsor Police Department, 200 North 11th St.

It's a popular program that's seen a lot of success in the past, Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said Tuesday.

"We've taken hundreds of pounds of old drugs," he said.

Working in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Windsor Police's take back event will allow residents to drop off expired or unused prescription drugs for safe disposal in a free, anonymous and no-questions-asked environment.

However, the event does have some limitations and it cannot accept needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy and radioactive substances, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs.

Drug take back days address a vital public safety and public health issue, a Windsor Police news release stated. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. 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.

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Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to the news release.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

In 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.

The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. The DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the Act.