This article was published on: 05/1/16 3:18 PM by Mike Minarsky

griswold prideGriswold Pride held it’s 3rd Bi-Annual Drug Take Back event on Saturday with the help of area Pride members and the Connecticut State Police. Drug take back days are events where you can safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications.  The medications are collected by the coalition and then transported to a facility by the Connecticut State Police and the DEA for destruction.  These events are geared to get medications and pills out of homes that are no longer needed and hopefully save lives by preventing that these get into the wrong hands.

Griswold Pride (PRIDE = Partnership to Reduce the Infulence of Drugs for Everyone) Program Coordinator Miranda Nagle says that Saturday’s Drug take back event was the most successful in the town of Griswold with 160 pounds of unwanted and expired meds for proper disposal.  There were also a total of 86 cars that came through the convenient drop off.  The next event is scheduled for September of this year.  The first drug take back day 50 pounds of meds were collected approximately a year ago, September saw a small bump in collection up to 67 pounds.

Ken “KC” WIlley says that he is happy to see that the community is receptive to what Griswold Pride is trying to do to help keep kids safe.  Willey also notes that the town of Putnam has had 10 Drug Take Back events so far over a 5 year period and with Putnam Pride being mentors to the Griswold program, there is a “friendly” competition to meet or surpass the amount they collect.

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