- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is distributing 80,000 kits capable of safely disposing unused prescription medications to pharmacies across the state.

The at-home drug disposal kits were donated to the state by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Available free of charge at 600 pharmacies, the biodegradable kits can deactivate and destroy up to 45 pills each after warm tap water is added.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says educating the public on the potential dangers of these medications and how to safely dispose of unneeded pills can help prevent “potential harm or even tragedy from occurring.” The kits are also a way to avoid contaminating water sources by flushing pills down the drain.

There are also 71 drop boxes across the state to collect unused medication. They can be found at many local and state police departments.

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