Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Groton offers drug take back option

Photo courtesy NHCNE Look for this medsafe blue box, right, in your NBHC pharmacy area for the disposal of unused, unneeded, and expired drugs.

From the Naval Health Clinic New England Public Affairs Office

GROTON, Conn. - Excess prescription and over-the-counter drugs can pose a serious risk in your home. Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Groton is helping the Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) community fight back against the dangers of unneeded, unused and expired drugs by offering Drug Take Back at NBHC’s Pharmacy.

“Proper drug disposal lowers the risk of abuse, accidental ingestion or environmental contamination,” said Pharmacist Lt. Cmdr. Michael Terrenzi. “We accept both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, but we can’t accept illegal drugs.”

The location of the Medsafe blue box for the disposal of medications is in the pharmacy waiting room area.

 “Drug Take Back is an important tool in our arsenal to prevent drug abuse,” said Lt. Cmdr. Terrenzi. “I hope that members of the military community in Groton will clean out their medicine cabinets and make their homes safer for their loved ones and themselves.”

For more information on the Military Health System’s Drug Take Back efforts, visit www.tricare.mil/drugtakeback.