The state of Connecticut collected 33,803 pounds of unused prescription medications at collection boxes last year, a sharp rise over 2015, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today.
That amount, almost 17 tons, was 43 percent higher than what residents dropped off in 2015.
The rising collections show people are taking the epidemic of prescription drug abuse seriously by disposing drugs and keeping them out of unintended hands, Malloy said.
The state's prescription drug drop box program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) in cooperation with state and local police departments. It provides a location for residents to discard unused medications to decrease the possibility of prescription drug misuse while also preventing the substances from contaminating water supplies. The drop boxes can be found in the lobbies of every state police barrack in Connecticut and at a growing number of local police departments.
In December, Malloy announced that Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals donated approximately 80,000 drug deactivation kits to the state that are capable of destroying unused prescription medications at home. The state has distributed the kits to nearly every pharmacy in Connecticut, where consumers can continue to obtain them, free-of-charge, while supplies last.