Ridgefield police to host drug collection Saturday

RIDGEFIELD – In an effort to prevent abuse and promote safe disposal of medication, Ridgefield Police will be hosting a prescription and over-the-counter drug collection event Saturday.

Officers will be at the Walgreen’s at 46 Federal Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will collect unused and unwanted medication in a “drive-thru” style pick-up to keep identities anonymous. Police will have a coned-off area along the edge of the building, where officers will have a “no questions asked” pick-up. The medication will then be disposed of at an incineration facility by Ridgefield police.

“It’s a growing trend all across the country,” said Capt. Jeff Kreitz. “Most of the time people get prescriptions directly from family medicine cabinet, so we just want to make sure they’re disposed of properly.”

The Walgreen’s located in New Canaan hosted a take-back initiative in the past, and its Ridgefield location approached police several months ago about holding similar event. Kreitz said he is hoping for a good turnout on Saturday, which will be at the same time the Ridgefield Summerfest is going on.

The department also has an anonymous 24/7 take-back box in the police headquarters lobby, which Kreitz said averages around 30 pounds of medication collected per month.

“Saturday’s collection isn’t only for awareness,” said Kreitz. “It’s also for people who feel uncomfortable going to the police station.”

Evan Fallor