The New Canaan Police Department and Walgreens, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, are sponsoring a drug take-back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

The program seeks to prevent increased medication abuse and promote the proper disposal of the drugs. Potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications will be collected for destruction at Walgreens, 36 Pine St., New Canaan.

The service is free and anonymous.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not part of the initiative.

Additionally, New Canaan police headquarters has a medication dropbox in the lobby that is available to the community throughout the year 24 hours a day.

The rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses, according to a release from the New Canaan police. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, In addition, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both of which are potential safety and environmental hazards.

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