Chat with the Chief: National Drug Take-back Day Saturday

HARTFORD - Several police departments in Connecticut will participate in National Take Back Day on Saturday.

The event will be held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and allows residents to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal with no questions asked.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara told FOX 61 that people in Fairfield can drop off their prescription drugs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Fairfield Police Department at 100 Reef Road. MacNamara said the drop-off event helps to keep unused prescriptions out of people’s home cabinets, where the drugs can potentially be misused or abused.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs during the take-back event.

The Branford Police Department will also participate at their collection site located at the Branford Police Department at 33 Laurel Street.

Connecticut State Police will also participate:

Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

In April, all of the 11 State Police Barracks across the state were equipped with a permanent drug collection drop box where residents can deposit unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances anytime, no questions asked. Permanent State Police drop box locations, available year-round, 24 hours a day, are:

Troop A-Southbury 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury
Troop B-North Canaan 463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan
Troop C-Tolland 1320 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland
Troop D-Danielson 55 Wescott Road, Danielson
Troop E-Montville I-395 North (between exits 6 & 9), Montville
Troop F-Westbrook 315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook
Troop G-Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street, Bridgeport
Troop H-Hartford 100R Washington Street, Hartford
Troop I-Bethany 631 Amity Road, Bethany
Troop K-Colchester 15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester
Troop L-Litchfield 452A Bantam Road, Litchfield

To see if your police department is participating in the national event, click here.