State police partner with CVS with prescription collection boxes


The Connecticut State Police is partnering with CVS PNews - CVS dropboxharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to collect unused prescription medications and prevent potential drug abuse.

All of the 11 state police barracks across the state now have a permanent drug collection drop box, made possible through a donation by CVS Pharmacy to install drop boxes at each of the barracks.  Residents can deposit unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances anytime, no questions asked.

“Now, everyone can safely dispose of unwanted medications at secure locations throughout the state, any time, any day,” said Dr. Dora B. Schriro, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in a state police press release. “We are proud to be a proactive partner in the fight against the heroin epidemic, and encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The drop boxes are intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in the homes of all Connecticut residents, while decreasing the rate of prescription drug abuse. According to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study, more than 70 percent of teenagers said it was easy to obtain prescription drugs from medicine cabinets in their homes.

“Addiction is a disease and we should treat it as just that,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in the release. “We must do all that we can to tackle what has become a nationwide problem, and we appreciate the work of all of our partners in this effort.”

“CVS Pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Tom Davis, Vice President, and Professional Services at CVS Health in the release. “The installment of drug collection receptacles is part of our ongoing commitment to battle prescription drug abuse in the U.S. and to help people in the communities we serve on their path to better health.”

Permanent State Police drop box locations, available year-round, 24 hours a day, are as follows:

  • Troop A-Southbury (90 Lakeside Road, Southbury)
  • Troop B-North Canaan (463B Ashley Falls Road, North Canaan)
  • Troop C-Tolland (1320 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland)
  • Troop D-Danielson(55 Wescott Road, Danielson)
  • Troop E-Montville (I-395 North (between exits 6 & 9), Montville)
  • Troop F-Westbrook (315 Spencer Plains Road, Westbrook)
  • Troop G-Bridgeport (149 Prospect Street, Bridgeport)
  • Troop H-Hartford (100R Washington Street, Hartford)
  • Troop I-Bethany (631 Amity Road, Bethany)
  • Troop K-Colchester (15A Old Hartford Road, Colchester)
  • Troop L-Litchfield (452A Bantam Road, Litchfield)

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