National Take Back Day aims to combat addiction

3 GETTING RID OF áLEFTOVER PRESCRIPTION DRUGSá…ISN’T AS SIMPLE AS TOSSING IT IN THE TRASH.MEDICATIONS NEED TO BE PROPERLY DISPOSED…TO KEEP THOSE DRUGS FROM GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS. NEWS 8’S JACQUIE SLATER EXPLAINS WHY… 3 THE STATISTICS ARE STARTLING. ACCORDING TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION 6.4 MILLION AMERICANS ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN 2015. NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAYS AIM TO LOWER THOSE NUMBERS.IN APRIL …. THE DEA TOOK IN OVER 900- THOUSAND POUNDS OF MEDS ..WITH THE HELP OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.ONE OF THEM IS THE HAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENTCHIEF THOMAS WYDRA-HAMDEN POLICE 14:09:32 IT’S A WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO GET INTO THEIR MEDICINE CABINETS AND FIND UNNEEDED AND UNWANTED PAIN MEDICATION AND GET IT OUT. GET IT OUT. GET IT AWAY FROM SOME YOU KNOW PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE OR PEOPLE VISITING THE HOUSE FROM GETTING THEIR HANDS ON IT THE BAGS IN THIS PHOTO … SIX MONTHS WORTH OF COLLECTIONS IN THEIR EVIDENCE ROOM.THIS DROP BOX IN POLICE HEADQUARTERS SERVES AS THE MAIN DROP OFF LOCATIONBUT TOMORROW THEY’RE TEAMING UP WITH WALGREENS ON WHITNEY AVENUE TO OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE.MICHAEL LITALIEN – PHARMACY MANAGER14:23:30AS PHARMACISTS WE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE DON’T ALWAYS FINISH THEIR MEDICATIONS AND SO THEY END UP SITTING THERE IN THE MEDICINE CABINET.WALGREENS STORES HAVE COLLECTED MORE THAN 155 TONS OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF.PHARMACY MANAGER MICHAEL LITALIEN SAYS AS THE OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO GROW …QUESTIONS ABOUT ABUSE AND ADDICTION ARE BECOMING THE NORM.14:25:24PEOPLE ARE ASKING MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFE DISPOSAL OF THEIR MEDICATIONS AS WELL AS SIDE EFFECTS. YOU KNOW PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ADDICTION OR DEPENDENCE ON MEDICATIONS SO THEY WANNA KNOW WHICH MEDICATIONS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE THATHAMDEN POLICE SAY THEY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO HELP COMBAT THE DRUG EPIDEMIC.THEY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE.14:12:15IT’S A SOCIETAL PROBLEM AND IT EFFECTS ALL OF US. TO THINK THAT THERE ARE MORE DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS LAST YEAR THAN VIETNAM SUFFERED IN TERMS OF COMBAT CASUALTIES IS ALARMING. WE ALL HAVE TO PLAY A ROLE IN FIXING THIS. TOMORROW’S EVENT … RUNS FROM 11 AM UNTIL 1 AT THE WALGREENS IN THE SPRING GLEN SECTION OF TOWN.NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY IS NEXT SATURDAY THE 28TH AND HAMDEN WILL HOST ANOTHER EVENT AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS ON THAT

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