Sampson: Rx Return Program a Success!

SOUTHINGTON-State Rep. Rob Sampson took part in the 4th Annual Medication Return Program which was held on Saturday April 28th, 2012.

Rep. Sampson was very pleased with the number of Southington , Bristol , Burlington and Wolcott residents who participated in the medication drop-off at the Southington Water Department Headquarters. Residents dropped off expired or unwanted prescription medicines, vitamins, veterinary and over-the-counter drugs, including inhalers and other items.

Fifty-one volunteers were on hand to help with the event. In total, 483 cars dropped off medications resulting in the collection of #9 x 55 gallons drums of caps/tabs, liquids and creams/ointments. In addition, 810 prescriptions of controlled substances (15,969 caps/tabs/patches and 5614 mls of liquid) were turned over the Southington Police Department per State and Federal law. The oldest documented Rx collected on April 28th was from 1974!

“There is a three-step process to properly dispose of materials,” John Dobbins R. Ph., said in Southington Patch online. “Volunteers separate drugs into categories of regular and controlled substances which police take possession of. Every pill is counted with a machine and then logged for record-keeping. Because disposal is paid for by weight, anything that is cardboard packaged is shredded, and is another way the event is ‘keeping it green.’ Tablets, capsules and liquids are separated because liquids burn at different temperatures. Lastly, inhalers or anything with propellants is treated as combustible.”

As head of the program, John Dobbins, R.Ph., a pharmacist and a member of the STEPS Advisory Board, emphasized the importance of returning unwanted medicines in order to limit the access youth have to these drugs.

“This is a great program that has a many positive effects. It first keeps prescription and over-the-counter drugs out of reach and out of the hands of our youth and also keeps our environment safe by not having these toxic medicines in our water stream,” said Rep. Sampson.

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