Plainville to offer drive-through drug take back program

Published on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:05
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLAINVILLE – Wheeler Clinic's Wheeler’s Connecticut Clearinghouse and the Plainville Police Department are offering a drive-through drug Take Back Oct. 24.

The take-back will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Plainville Police Department at 19 Neal Court in Plainville. This service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

"This will be a covid-safe event," said Lt. Eric Peterson of the Plainville Police Department. "You don't even have to get out of your car; you can just pull up the police department and drop it in a bag like a drive-thru."

Acceptable items for drop-off include expired solid prescription drugs, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs such as pills. The following items will not be accepted: liquid products, intravenous solutions; injectable drugs and syringes.

Judith Stonger, vice president of Wheeler Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, said Wheeler is glad to work with the Plainville Police Department on this important issue.

"We're happy to give residents of this community and surrounding towns the opportunity to clear their homes and medicine cabinets of unwanted and unused prescription drugs,” she said. "By properly disposing of expired prescription drugs and other substances, we are helping to foster safer homes, families, and communities. For the convenience and safety of all participants, we are offering this opportunity as a drive-through event.”

Locally, Plainville Police Chief Matt Catania said that the police department has set up a drug take back box in their lobby. This effort was spearheaded by Lt. Peterson.

"This is a very worthwhile and successful program," he said. "It helps to get these drugs out of medicine cabinets and out of the water system. Sometimes people have been flushing pills and they've ended up at the Waste Water Treatment Plant."

Peterson said that the program has been running for 8 or 9 years in town.

"In an average year the drop-off box collects 1,000 pounds of drugs," he said. "The drop box is in our lobby year-round and you can drop off any time of the day."

During the Oct. 24 drop-off event, the "Change the Script" mobile resource van will be stationed at the police department with additional information to promote overall health and wellness. The van is an element of a statewide opioid prevention campaign managed by Connecticut Clearinghouse and funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

For additional information, call Connecticut Clearinghouse at 800-232-4424.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:05. Updated: Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:07.