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Greenwich Gets Unwanted Medicine Drop-Off Box

Greenwich is joining four other towns to collaborate on an effort to help residents safely dispose of unused and unneeded medications year round.

“Drug Take Back programs do serve a significant need in any community,” said John Gadea, director of drug control for the state of Connecticut. “They provide a safe, secure mechanism for the removal of unused, unwanted medicines that could otherwise be misused or abused, or cause damage to the environment.”

Unlike Drug Take Back events that happen once or twice a year, the project will make safe disposal of medicines an ongoing option for residents in the participating towns of Greenwich, New Canaan, Wilton, Newtown and Ridgefield.

“This is the first regional collaboration of its type in Connecticut, and we’re all looking forward to a very successful launch,” said Ingrid Gillespie, director of the Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council, the group that coordinated the initiative.

Greenwich residents may walk into the Greenwich Police Department Headquarters, 11 Bruce Place, and discard any unneeded medications, no questions asked and no forms to complete. According to Sgt. Mark Zuccerella of the special victims section of the department, any liquid medications must be sealed and only prescription or over-the-counter medications may be turned in.

Have you used the drug take back drop-off box? Do you think there should be other areas in town with lock-boxes for unneeded medications?

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