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NH DHHS Urges Public to Properly Dispose of Unused Medication in 14th Annual Drug Take Back Day
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Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
Publish Date:
April 25, 2018

Concord, NH – On Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., police departments across New Hampshire will participate in the 14th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is urging residents to use the opportunity to dispose of unused or expired medication. Sites will be set up in communities nationwide to provide people with a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, including opioid medications such as Vicodin and nerve pain medication such as gabapentin, while educating the public about potential prescription drug misuse.

“New Hampshire has been hit hard by the opioid crisis and we hear too many stories of people beginning their battles with substance use disorder with prescription drugs,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers. “It is important for our residents to take this opportunity to check their medicine cabinets, and properly dispose of any medications they no longer need. This program has been an enormous success in reducing the amount of excess prescription medication in our communities.”

More than 13,000 lbs. of unused medication were collected at 114 collection sites in New Hampshire during the last Drug Take Back Day, held on October 28, 2017. Nationwide, 456 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of at 5,321 sites across the country.

To find a site near you, please visit Enter your zip code to search the database for drop-off locations. Items that will not be accepted at drop boxes include needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, liquids, ointments and lotions, and thermometers.

New Hampshire also has many drop boxes where residents can anonymously dispose of extra, unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely throughout the year. For a full list of locations with year-round drop boxes, visit the DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.

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