WASHINGTON – Ahead of “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” tomorrow, Saturday, April 29th, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) urged Connecticut residents to return their unused and expired prescription medications to one of the dozens of collection sites located across the state. The collection of drugs will reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in people’s homes and decrease the rate of prescription drug abuse. Individuals can locate a collection center near their home by clicking here.
“We see the painful reality of opioid addiction every day in towns across Connecticut, and it’s only getting worse,” said Murphy. “The more prescription pills we take out of our medicine cabinets, the fewer Connecticut families who will be torn apart by prescription drug and opioid addiction. I hope everyone participates in Take-Back Day tomorrow.”
In Connecticut, deaths caused by drug overdoses have skyrocketed. Over 900 Connecticut residents died from an overdose in 2016.
Murphy co-authored the recently passed bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act, which expanded federal resources and improved coordination for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. He joined the delegation last week in announcing a $5.5 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support Connecticut efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Last year, Murphy spent a “Day in the Life” meeting with patients, health professionals, law enforcement, and advocates around Connecticut to learn firsthand how he can improve federal efforts to combat Connecticut’s addiction crisis and save lives.