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Dispose of Unwanted Prescriptions in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you missed your chance to get rid of any unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications taking up space in your home before, Westport police are giving you another opportunity this weekend.

With the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Westport Police Department is hosting a prescription drug take-back day Saturday. This is the third such day the department has sponsored since last September.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," Capt. Sam Arciola said in a statement. "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 initiative also provides residents with an environmentally friendly way of disposing of unused medications, instead of flushing them down the toilet or putting them in the trash.

Residents looking to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions should drive to the rear of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

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