Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29th

Record number of Strafford County law enforcement agencies to participate

SOMERSWORTH - ONE Voice for Strafford County is proud to announce that 11 Strafford County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the 13 th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29. This is the highest number of agencies in Strafford County to have participated in the event since its beginning.

The public is invited to take part in preventing prescription medication misuse by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Only pills or patches are accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public health issue. Unused or expired medicines that hang around in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse. Studies show a majority of misused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.

To dispose of medications, visit one of the following locations on Saturday, April 29 to dispose of your unused medications between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2.p.m.:

Barrington Police Department: 774 Franklin Pierce Highway, Barrington
Dover Police Department: 46 Chestnut Street, Dover
Farmington Police Department: 160 Main Street, Farmington
Lee Police Department: 20 George Bennett Road, Lee
Madbury Police Department (partnering with Strafford County Sheriff’s Office): 334 Knox Marsh Road, Madbury
Milton Police Department: 7 Townhouse Road, Milton
Rochester Police Department: 23 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Rollinsford Police Department: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford
Somersworth Police Department: 12 Lilac Lane, Somersworth
UNH Police Department: 18 Waterworks Road, Durham
4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, contact your local police department or ONE Voice for Strafford County’s Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator Alissa Cannon at 603-994- 6340.

ONE Voice is a Regional Network of community members and organizations working together to promote substance misuse prevention, treatment opportunities and recovery supports. Online at www.ONEVoiceNH.org or on Facebook.


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