Record Amount of Drugs Disposed of at Drop Boxes

March 21, 2019 - 4:23 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State authorities say Connecticut residents disposed of a record 43,000 pounds of unneeded medications last year at drug drop boxes at police stations all over the state.

The state Department of Consumer Protection's Drug Control Division said Thursday the 43,251 pounds of medications disposed of in 2018 was more than 5,700 pounds more than the 37,541 pounds disposed of the previous year.

The amount of drugs collected and destroyed has gone up every year since 2012.

There are now 95 registered drug drop boxes at law enforcement stations in Connecticut.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull says the disposal program helps prevent addiction and overdoses.