Permanent Medication Drop Box

Every year for the past four years, Southington, Wolcott, Plainville and other local towns have participated in the annual Medication Return Program. Thousands of unused and expired prescription drugs are returned and disposed of safely, keeping water supplies clean and youth safe from drug abuse. Southington has been working extremely hard to find a way to make this program more permanent -- and on October 12th, 2012, they will have done it!

Chair of the Town Council and local Pharmacist John Dobbins, said, “The success of the pharmaceutical disposal day on April 28th demonstrated the need to have the capability for people to responsibly dispose of unneeded medicines at any time. The Town of Southington, in partnership, with Covanta, Southington Police Department, Southington Water Department, and STEPS are creating a permanent drop off site at the Southington Police Department at 69 Lazy Lane, Southington CT.

The drop box is being donated to the Town by STEPS and Wheeler Clinic.

In addition, the drop box will be installed by Augustine Builders of Southington at no cost to the Town.”

Some acceptable items include both liquid and solid prescription drugs and medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, pet medicines, ointments and lotions. The drop box does NOT accept needles, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol canisters, and illegal drugs.

All medicines are disposed of through the means of incineration.

STEPS is looking forward to the grand opening of the permanent medication drop box on October 12th, 2012. We thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication to the project. With your help, Southington’s youth will be safer and the water supply cleaner.