During Operation Drug Take Back on Saturday, April 30, the Verona Police Department collected 104 pounds of unused and unwanted medications.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you missed this drug collection, you can also bring unwanted medicines to the Verona Green Fair in the center of town on Saturday, May 21, for disposal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..