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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: September 12, 2012
CONTACT:
Brandon Kernen (603) 271-0660, NH Department of Environmental Services
Jeffrey Cahill (603) 271-1209, NH Department of Justice
Karin Eckel (603) 271-3671, NH Department of Justice
Leo Ducey (603) 628-7411, US Drug Enforcement Administration

United States Drug Enforcement Administration is Sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 29, 2012

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. Many New Hampshire residents 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. Additionally, ongoing research has identified pharmaceuticals in some of our nation’s water resources, and are suspected to have caused adverse impacts to aquatic life in certain water bodies.

4705.8 pounds (2.4 tons) of unwanted or expired medication was turned in New Hampshire during the April 28, 2012 collection. The DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 14,077 pounds (7 tons) of unwanted or expired medication in New Hampshire through four previous take back initiatives over the last two and a half years.

On September 29, 2012 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 September 29, 2012. 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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