(Hartford, CT) – Now that spring is here, it’s a good time to clean the medicine cabinet and get rid of unwanted, expired medications - safely.

Saint Francis held its first Medication Take-Back event today, Saturday, May 15, 2010 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“The goal of the event is to publicize a safe alternative to avoid accidental overdoses or poisonings. It is also a free means of properly disposing expired or unwanted prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins/nutritional supplements,” said Mary Inguanti, Vice President of Operations, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Commissioner of Pharmacy for the State of Connecticut.

Visitors were able to pull up to the main entrance of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center at 114 Woodland Street and simply drop off their medications to a pharmacist at the door. Medications were counted, logged and transported to a secure location. All medications will be destroyed in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center for this event. It brings awareness to the community about the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals to help keep families safe and the environment from potentially toxic substances,” said Jerry Farrell, Jr., Commissioner, Department of Consumer Protection.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.