Residents looking to dispose of unwanted, excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications may use the safe and secure permanent drop-off box in the lobby of the Darien Police Department, 25 Hecker Ave.

The Darien Health Department has partnered with the Police Department to establish a permanent collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults as well as protecting the environment from improper disposal.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and 7.4 percent of youths, ranging from 12 to 17 years old, reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone's responsibility as a matter of public health and safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

Discarded medications will be processed as abandoned property and safely incinerated.

The lobby of Police Headquarters is open 24 hours every day so residents can get rid of any unwanted, expired or unused drugs. They can be dropped off free with no questions asked. Needles will not be accepted.

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For information, call 203-656-7324.