On Saturday, April 27, the Sunapee Police Department and other police departments and community partners across the state will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Day.
The program provides the public a free and safe disposal method for potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.
This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Collections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations in Sullivan County:
- Charlestown Police Department, 2 Claremont Road, Charlestown
- Claremont Savings Bank, 145 Broad Street, Claremont
- Grantham Police Department, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham
- Sullivan County Complex, 14 Main Street, Newport
- Sunapee Police Department, 9 Sargent Road, Sunapee
- Washington Police Department, 5 Halfmoon Pond Road, Washington
The program has both a public safety and environmental protection focus.
Keeping drugs off the streets
“Many people are not aware that medicines that are no longer needed but remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, including theft,” the Sunapee Police Department release said. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”
A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to studies.
“Drug overdoses have been rising in the state and nationally for more than a decade,” said Liz Hennig, coordinator of Communities United Regional Network for Sullivan County.
“More New Hampshire residents now die of overdose than car crashes. Most young people who get hooked on these drugs start by getting them from someone’s medicine cabinet. If we dispose of these medications safely, we help keep our young people free from addiction and drug abuse.”
Protecting the environment
Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.
Studies show pharmaceutical residues in waterways and in wildlife.
Flushing unused prescription drugs down the toilet or sink drain or putting them in the trash is an unsafe option in many instances. Human medication and other chemicals have been measured in fish, and can result in behavioral changes and a reduction in male fish populations.
The drugs can also affect bacteria in ways that could change our entire ecosystem and spawn antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
Community take-back programs help keep these drugs out of water systems and the environment.
Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.
“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.
See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.
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Local families and individuals are invited to turn out from 8:30 a.m. to noon to clean up road-side litter. This is an annual event in Sunapee and includes a picnic at Sunapee Harbor for the volunteers.
To join the clean-up, complete the volunteer form available at the town office building and library and online at: www.sunapeegreenupday.com. The website also provides safety tips, road maps and neighborhood captains.
Participants will pick up bags at the May 4 check-in held at the Sunapee Safety Services Building, Sargent Road, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. And if you would like to clean up your neighborhood before the 4th, call Rose Batts at 603-763-4920.
All students in the Elementary and Middle High schools are invited to submit photos to the show, which will be on display to the public on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery, Sunapee Harbor.
The deadline for entries is May 1, 2013.
Each entry can include two images; a committee will choose one to print for the show. For more information including a photo submission form, visit: www.ProjectSunapee.org
A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, in coordination with Meagan Reed’s Law and Government Class at Sunapee High School, is sponsoring the event.
Questions? Email: email@example.com.
The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse has cancelled tonight’s (April 12, 2013) performance by singer/songwriters Annalise Emerick and Abbie Morin due to weather. Winter-like conditions, including sleet and freezing rain, blew into the Lake Sunapee region Friday.
This morning the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for this afternoon and evening for southern New Hampshire and Sullivan County. The alert included a travel advisory: “be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while driving.”
The next Coffeehouse event is open mic on Friday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunapee, N.H. — Singer/songwriters Annalise Emerick and Abbie Morin will share the stage at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse meets at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge. The emcee will pass the hat for the musicians.
After leaving the streets of Nashville for Boston, Annalise Emerick hasn’t looked back, says the event release. It describes her songs as “familiar melodies, many borrowing from the folk legacy of American antiquity, [that] calm the soul like a childhood friend. Yet Annalise’s voice uniquely twists intricate melodies in fresh and exciting new ways.”
Abbie Morin is from Laconia, N.H. and has been a street performer in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has played in venues around New Hampshire and Vermont.
“Abbie’s tunes range from quirky, to heartfelt and are all influenced by her university studies in poetry,” according to the Coffeehouse website. “She has been performing her indie and folk inspired originals in front of crowds for over eight years.”
Al Peterson, Sunapee, is the scheduled emcee for the evening. Cathy Morse is the sponsor.
Open mic night
April’s open mic night at the Coffeehouse, which will close out the month’s schedule, will be on Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.
“We love our open mics and the people it supports,” says Tom Daniels, a Coffeehouse volunteer.
Performers can get 15 minutes or three songs and it is open to all levels: first timers to professionals. Sign up is at 6:45 p.m., before the start of the show.
“Although it’s allowed, we don’t encourage singing with a prerecorded song on a machine, but do encourage you to find someone to accompany you. Live music is what we’re about. If you need some help or ideas let us know,” adds Daniels.
EJ Tretter will emcee open mic and the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance is the sponsor.
For more information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, go to: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.