Throw away unused and expired medicine on ‘Medication Take Back Day’ at Old Lyme today

OLD LYME — The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Prevention Coalition are hosting Medication Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Lyme Fire Station, 69 Lyme St ., Old Lyme.

This event will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

This event is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take-Back event in 2011, citizens have returned over 700 pounds of drugs to prevent abuse.

Studies show that the majority of prescription drugs abused come from family and friends, including home medicine cabinets.

Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is on the rise among adults and young people, so this is a welcome opportunity to get rid of your unwanted medications.

The mission of the LOL Prevention Coalition is to prevent and reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among young people by working with the community to create awareness, change social norms, educate young people and adults, initiate changes in policy and promote healthy activities.

Join the Coalition at any meeting or contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or Prevention Coordinator Allison Behnke at [email protected] Visit www.lysb.org to learn more about Coalition programs, L/OL youth survey reports and resources.

In addition to LYSB and the LOL Prevention Coalition, this event is co-sponsored by the Old Lyme Police Department, F Troop State Police and the Old Lyme Fire Department.

For more information on Medication Take Back Day, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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