The New Hampshire Hospital Association and the Foundation for Healthy Communities, along with Governor Sununu, the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) and other partners, launched a statewide Opioid Disposal Education Campaign focused on educating patients and their families on how to safely dispose of leftover prescription medications; a first of its kind effort in New Hampshire.

The safe and proper disposal of unused prescription medications is a critical element in fighting opioid addiction, and this statewide campaign will educate patients and their families on the safe disposal of unused prescription medications through the Zero Left Campaign and the distribution of Deterra bags, which are drug deactivation pouches that render prescription medications useless when water is added. 

The Zero Left Campaign was founded by Jim & Jeanne Moser after losing their son, Adam, to an opioid overdose. In June of 2017, inspired by the Mosers and their loss, Granite Health and its 5 hospitals launched the Zero Left Campaign by distributing Deterra bags to patients, along with educational material on the safe disposal of unused prescription medications, installing medication take-back boxes in their facilities and training providers to prescribe opioids in alignment with standards adopted by the medical boards.

Given our state’s current opioid crisis and the challenges our patients and their families are facing, hospitals statewide are now supporting this important campaign by distributing the Deterra pouches and education material to their patients and helping raise awareness around the importance of Zero Left in preventing prescription abuse.

On behalf of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, our hospitals throughout New Hampshire, and the Foundation for Healthy Communities, I thank the Governor, the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of New Hampshire and our partners for bringing such an important statewide campaign to fruition. 

 

Steve Ahnen

President, New Hampshire Hospital Association

 

Resources

Zero Left Campaign

Zero Left Brochure

Zero Left Poster

 

Articles

Zero Left Helps to Safely Remove Unused Opioids

Mosers Create Film to Fight Opioids 1 Year After Son's Death

 

Videos

Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate:  vimeo.com/253692444

True Story:  Adam Moser https://youtu.be/y_NVIWi5jJQ

Just the One Time:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuaLlalpl8g&t=216s