Brookfield Police, in cooperation with the Brookfield Substance Abuse Coalition and the Brookfield Health Department, has installed a 24-hour drop box for prescription drugs in the lobby of the police department.
Residents can deposit unwanted or expired drugs anonymously in the drop box, which operates under a license from the Connecticut Department of Consumer protection with the approval of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The idea for the box arose out the success of the semi-annual Drug Take-Back days held in Brookfield and other area towns, Brookfield Police Chief Robin Montgomery said.
“A number of communities decided, ‘Why not do this year-round,’” he said, explaining that the police station lobby was chosen because it is open 24/7. “We want to allow people to get them out of the medicine cabinet and get them destroyed.”
The box will be emptied on a regular basis and turned over to the DEA for incineration.
Montgomery stressed that the drop box is anonymous, with no sign-in necessary and a black magic marker to block out personal information on the prescription containers. Instructions printed on the front of the drop box indicate what is and is not accepted.
The box has only been in place for about a week, but Montgomery said he hopes residents will use it freely.