Photo: Courtesy House Republicans
PORTLAND — A prescriptions drop-off box now installed at police headquarters allows residents to turn over their unused medications for safe disposal by local authorities.
The box, which accepts medications including patches, ointments, vitamins, samples and controlled substances, is located in the Portland Police Station’s lobby and was procured at no expense to the town.
State Rep. Christie Carpino helped identify a grant to fund the box, while First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield accepted the grant on behalf of the town, according to a press release from Connecticut House Republicans.
“Every pill we can take off the street is one less pill out there to be misused. We now have a safe disposal method right here in Portland to help remove unneeded medication from our homes,” said Carpino, who serves on the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee, in a prepared statement.
The state-wide initiative is part of an ongoing effort to combat the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, according to the release.
Individuals can drop off items in the receptacle at the police station, 265 Main St., weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the lobby is closed, people can use the call box in front of the department for assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.