Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, police officer John Aquino and a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were on hand at Stop & Shop on Bull Hill Lane today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Residents take this once-a-year opportunity to properly dispose of old and unused prescription medications instead of flushing them or throwing them away and risk having them fall into the wrong hands.
Most participants arrived with a bottle or two, deposited them in the container, thanked the volunteers and left, but everyone was surprised when someone pulled up in a van and pulled out garbage bags full of medications that a deceased relative, who once was a pharmaceutical company rep, had left behind.
The DEA gathers all the pills from every collection location and brings them to one place where they are incinerated, so they don’t cause any harm to the environment or individuals who may have taken them improperly.
If you missed this event, the DEA will host another one next fall.