Got drugs? On Saturday, April 30th New Hampshire police departments across the state, through a partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will make collections sites available for household generated medications–your expired and unused prescription drugs. Collection hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Disposal is free and anonymous.
Sunapee, Springfield, New London, Grantham and Newport are among area towns participating.
The collection in Sunapee will be held at the Safety Services Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An officer will be there to take your unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.
The prescription take-back initiative was developed to help keep medicines languishing in home cabinets from being diverted or otherwise abused, according a recent N.H. Hospital Association release. “Recent studies show that prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are on the rise. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual disposal methods of flushing medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential public health and safety risks. These drugs can also be environmentally hazardous when they enter human water supplies and natural aquatic habitats.”
For more info, visit www.nh.gov/medsafety.
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