Trumbull town officials, educators and local residents will gather at the Trumbull Police Department, 158 Edison Road, this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1:30pm, for the official ribbon cutting for the town’s new permanent Drug Collection Unit. Town residents looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over the counter medications will now be able to visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location, anytime it is convenient for them.

Trumbull is one of the first area towns to provide a safe, anonymous, secure and environmentally friendly way to collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. Trumbull residents won't have to wait, like other towns do, for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

The Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD) obtained $29,000 in grant funding from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to expand its outreach to keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of kids and the safe disposal of medications regularly. TPAUD is partnering with the Trumbull Police Department to establish this permanent drug collection box as a way to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults. In addition to the box, TPAUD will be advertising the location and box through print, brochures and flyers placed throughout town, along with events and other activities.

More than 70 % of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. TPAUD's own 2013 survey of Trumbull students revealed that 11% of high school students reported taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them.

The drug collection unit is produced by MedReturn, LLC of Grafton, WI. MedReturn, LLC is committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication.