Prescription Drug Take Back Day on tap Saturday

Residents urged to take this opportunity to discard expired medications

NASHUA – Police departments across New Hampshire will be participating in the 14th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

Police departments will be collecting prescription medications, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services urges residents to use this as an opportunity to dispose of unused or expired medication.

In a press release, Jeffrey Meyers, DHHS commissioner said, “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.”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police departments will provide people with the opportunity to dispose of prescription drugs, which includes opioid medications, while also educating the public about potential prescription drug misuse.

The last Drug Take Back Day, on Oct. 28, collected more than 13,000 pounds of unused medication that were collected at 114 sites in New Hampshire.

When looking nationwide, 456 tons of prescription drugs were disposed of at more than 5,000 sites across the country.

“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,” Meyers said. “This program has been an enormous success in reducing the amount of excess prescription medication in our communities.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

Drop-off locations

Nashua’s location will be at:

* The Nashua Police Department

* The Department of Public Works, near the Conway Ice Arena.

For additional information, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.