Drug drop off boxes now at each state police barracks; ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday

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HARTFORD — After a successful campaign placing prescription drug drop boxes across Connecticut yielded 23,000 pounds of unused pills last year, 11 more boxes have been added.

State officials announced Thursday that the 11 additional boxes will be located at each Connecticut State Police barracks. The 60 drop boxes placed last year are located at municipal police departments throughout the state.

Saturday, April 30, is the 11th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to find the closest drop off point to you.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said certain prescription drugs can lead youths toward heroin, and the state must “do all that we can” to combat the national and statewide opioid crisis.

Officials say 415 people died from heroin-related overdoses in Connecticut last year.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris says proper drug disposal is “an important piece of the puzzle” in helping those suffering from and affected by addiction.