Woodstock Gives Back 20lbs of Unused or Old Drugs


Sheriff: Record 274 pounds of drugs collected on Take-Back Day

WOODSTOCK-Windsor County residents turned out in large numbers to support the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, purging 274 pounds of drugs from their medicine chests and nightstands to exceed what they turned in last fall by 79 pounds.

On April 27, unwanted or expired prescription drugs were collected at police departments, transfer stations and other community centers throughout the county to ensure safe and proper disposal.

Hartford Police Department topped the charts with 75.2 pounds collected;

Springfield Police Department was a close second at 58.8 pounds.

“Public response to Take-Back Day keeps growing,” said Windsor County Sheriff Mike Chamberlain. “We thank everyone who participated in the program and utilized the sites to get rid of their prescription drugs.”

“Windsor County collected 79 pounds more than we did in September,” he added, citing the county’s last Take-Back event during which 195 pounds were collected.

Chamberlain attributed at least some of the increase to the permanent Med-Return Drug Collection Units installed in Springfield and Windsor.

The drop-boxes at both police departments are free to use year-round.

Windsor County’s 10 collection sites yielded the following quantities on Take-Back Day, April 27:

Hartford Police Department, 75.2 pounds;Pierce Hall Community Center, 8 pounds; Royalton Police Department, 14 pounds; Norwich Police Department, 20.8; Weathersfield Transfer Station, 3.6 pounds; Chester Police Department, 10 pounds; Ludlow Police Department, 10.4 pounds; Woodstock Police Department, 19.8 pounds; Windsor Police Department, 53.4
pounds; and Springfield Police Department, 58.8 pounds, for a total of 274 pounds.

Statewide, 2,394 pounds of drugs were collected at 59 sites.

Nationally, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public.

When added to the collections from the DEA’s previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

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