OCTOBER 2020 Take Back Event

The CT. State Police and AHM Youth and Family Services once again teamed up this year to host the semiannual Take Back event in partnership with the National DEA. On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, through the efforts of a committee called the CHEC Coalition, made up of police, schools, students, parents, grandparents, town leaders, faith community, businesses, AHM and a number of its partner agencies hosted the event at RHAM High School.

A new record was set this year with 281 pounds of medications taken in for safe disposal. This event aims to remove prescription pills from the community and to decrease drug misuse, and abuse. The safe disposal of medications is also an environmentally friendly way to rid households of unwanted medications.

Many households have medications that are accessible to children, teens, and other adults, posing a risk of first-time use of a drug, addiction, and/or overdose. The Takeback Event at RHAM High School has helped dispose of just under 2300 pounds of prescriptions in the past 7 years.

Special thanks to Regional School District #8 Superintendent Scott Leslie, his staff and the RHAM Board of Education for once again providing the site for this local Take Back event, which each year brings residents from across the towns of Andover, Columbia, Hebron, Marlborough, and beyond to participate.

A year round drop off box is made available regionally to our communities according to Hebron Resident Trooper Dan Greenwood, who helped coordinate the Take Back event. The drop box is located at the Hebron Public Safety Complex on Route 66 in Hebron. No needles or sharps are accepted, but all other prescription and over the counter medications are accepted.

If you have questions about other drug prevention programs taking place in Andover, Columbia, Hebron and Marlborough, contact Brendan Grimm, AHM Prevention Coordinator at 860-228-9488.

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