SOMERSWORTH – ONE Voice for Strafford County is proud to announce that on Saturday, October 22 seven Strafford County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent prescription medication abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to any of the agency locations listed between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 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.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that hang around 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.
Visit one of the following police departments on Saturday, October 22 to dispose of your unused medications:
- Dover Police Department: 46 Chestnut Street, Dover
- Farmington Police Department: 531 Main Street, Farmington
- Lee Police Department: 20 George Bennett Road, Lee
- Milton Police Department: 7 Townhouse Road, Milton
- Rochester Police Department: 23 Wakefield Street, Rochester
- Rollinsford Police Department: 667 Main Street, Rollinsford
- UNH Police Department: UNH Police Department, 18 Waterworks Road, Durham & UNH Health Services Pharmacy, 4 Pettee Brook Lane, Durham (12p – 4p)
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, contact your local police department or ONE Voice for Strafford County Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator Alissa Cannon at 603-994-6340.
ONE Voice is a Regional Network of community members and organizations working together to promote substance misuse prevention, treatment opportunities and recovery supports. Visit us online at www.ONEVoiceNH.org or on Facebook.