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Rep. Buck-Taylor tackles safety issues during New Milford drug take-back day

April 30, 2013
April 29th, 2013

Buck-Taylor - Drug Take-Back Day 042713_8355aNEW MILFORD – A coalition of law enforcement, business, service providers and senior citizens was joined by State Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor on April 27, for a growing national Prescription Take-Back Day, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Representative Buck-Taylor, R-New Milford, encouraged her community to return expired or outdated prescription drugs to New Milford Hospital as part of the national movement. The event brought in more than 125 pounds of prescription drugs.

“Prescription drugs can turn dangerous if they’re left in a medicine cabinet or drawer for too long,” Representative Buck-Taylor said. “Our community needs to understand that these outdated prescription drugs can pose a threat to children – if they get their hands on the medicine – and can be harmful to our sewage system and environment if they aren’t disposed of correctly.

“Drug take-back day is a great opportunity for our residents to clear their medicine cabinets without worry, knowing that the process takes care of these medications,” she added.

The New Milford event was organized by the local Triad, a senior safety coalition of law enforcement, community members and seniors. Based out of the New Milford Senior Center on Main Street, the local Triad strives to reduce crime against seniors, alleviate fear of victimization, and build senior self-confidence. Prescription drug take-back day is one of many ongoing programs the Triad hosts.Buck-Taylor - Drug Take-Back Day 042713_8395a

“In 2012, New Milford Hospital brought in 125 pounds of medicine during the program,” said organizer Michael Gold, who owns GeronNursing Registry Southwest, Inc. “Because it’s National Drug Take-Back Day, we’re expecting to top that number this year. From the top down, this has been fantastic. The community has been great.”

New Milford Hospital Pharmacy Manager Daria Tsiames said the event helps communities understand the dangers of expired prescription drugs. “People are becoming more and more aware of the dangers associated with old prescription drugs. Clean out your cupboards and get rid of them.”

“With more than 125 pounds of prescription medication returned to New Milford Hospital, and the guarantee it will be disposed of properly, I can proudly say New Milford has done its due diligence in looking out for the overall well-being of the community,” Representative Buck-Taylor said.

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