Worth Knowing: How to safely get rid of your unwanted prescription drugs on April 28

Hartford Community Coalition taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 28 at multiple Upper Valley locations

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Hartford Community Coalition, Hartford Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and multiple Upper Valley towns in NH and VT will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Bring your pills for disposal to the following locations on April 28 (We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps—only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hartford Police Department at 812 VA Cutoff Road, White River Junction VT

From 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Quechee Library, 1957 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 

From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Wilder Library, 78 Norwich Ave, White River Junction, VT 

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Canaan Police Department, 52 Route 118, Canaan, NH

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Enfield Transfer Station, 39 Lockehaven Road, Enfield, NH

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Grantham Police Department, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CVS, corner of Broad and Wall Streets, Claremont, NH

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Windsor Police Department, 29 Union Street, Windsor, VT

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Weathersfield Transfer Station, 5024 Route 106, Perkinsfield, VT

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Springfield Police Department, 201 Clinton Street, Springfield, VT

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Woodstock Police Department, 454 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, VT

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Royalton Police Barracks, 2011 Route 107, Royalton, VT

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Norwich Police Department, 10 Hazen Street, Norwich VT

 Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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. So please take advantage of this great opportunity to safely dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs!

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