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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 19, 2011
CONTACT: Bob Bishop (603) 271-2383, NH Department of Environmental Services
Karin Eckel (603) 271-3671, NH Department of Justice
Leo E. Ducey (603) 628-7411, United States Drug Enforcement Administration

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30, 2011

Concord, NH – The State of New Hampshire is partnering with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), substance abuse industry and poison prevention organizations to promote proper storage and disposal of medicine in the home. The health of many New Hampshire's citizens benefit from the appropriate use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. However, when drugs are not stored safely, diverted to unauthorized users or disposed of in an improper manner, serious problems such as drug abuse, accidental drug poisoning and/or contamination of the State's water resources can occur. The number of deaths caused by drug use has quadrupled over the last fifteen years in New Hampshire. Ongoing research has identified the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in water resources in some areas of the nation and are suspected to have caused adverse impacts to aquatic life in certain water bodies.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds (121 tons) of drugs at nearly 4,100 medicine collection sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. New Hampshire residents turned in almost 2,500 pounds of medicine at collection sites throughout our state.

On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many of New Hampshire's law enforcement agencies and the DEA will give the public another opportunity to prevent pollution or pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Collection sites will be posted on www.justice.gov/dea/ as they are established between now and April 30, 2011. Check their website frequently for updates on the location of collection sites. Already, over eighty collection sites have been established in New Hampshire.

For more information of how to properly dispose of your unwanted medicine, please visit www.nh.gov/medsafety.

For additional information on alcohol and other drug misuse, please visit www.drugfreeNH.org.

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