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Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s not only dangerous it’s often tragic, which can lead to accidental poisoning, misuse, overdose, addiction and even death.

A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from their medicine cabinet at home.

Now you can clean out your medicine cabinets and — safely and anonymously —turn in your unused or expired prescription drugs.

When you participate in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events you have an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

The next DEA Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. at your local Law Enforcement.

If you want to dispose of your medications before or after the next Take Back Day, you take your used medications to any year-round substance disposal location.

The Manchester, Connecticut Police Department has permanently installed a Prescription Drug Take Back Box in the lobby at 239 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. The drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional information, call 860-645-5568. To find other year-round substance disposal locations, visit the DEA’s website:

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