Prescription Drug Misuse

Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends.

Death Statistics

Young adults (age 18 to 25) are the biggest abusers of prescription (Rx) opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses-more than died from overdoses of any other drug, including heroin and cocaine combined--and many more needed emergency treatment.

Safety Tips

  • Safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine.
  • Secure your medicine cabinet.
  • Take inventory of your prescription and over-the counter medicine.
  • Take your medicine exactly as prescribed.
  • Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse (PDF).

Prescription Drug Drop Box

Ellington now has its own prescription drug drop box located at:
Resident State Troopers' Office
33 Arbor Way
Ellington, Connecticut

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 3 pm
For more information, call 860-875-1522

In addition all 11 State Trooper Barracks in the State of Connecticut now have drop boxes seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The Troop C Barracks is located at 1320 Tolland Stage Road in Tolland.

Misused Prescriptions Drugs graphic showing the risks of specific medications
Handle with Care. Prescription Drug Safety.

Prescription Drug Take Back Flyer October 2019