Sites across NH Taking Back Unwanted / Expired Prescription Drugs

Concord, NH – On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local agencies across the state of New Hampshire and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Unused or expired drugs can be dropped off at a number of sites – for a list of locations / agencies participating in National Drug Take Back Day, you can visit DEA Diversion website.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.   (Please note:  the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) 

“Given the current opioid crisis that our communities and families are facing, we’re extremely supportive of efforts like National Drug Take Back Day as a means to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs, as well as educate our residents about the danger of prescription drug abuse,” stated Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. 

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or the October 22nd National Drug Take Back Day event and a location near you, please visit the DEA Diversion website today.