(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement ahead of Drug Take Back Day, a national event hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). There are drop off locations across New Hampshire for Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, where the public can drop off old and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose them. Individuals can find the nearest drop off location on the DEA’s website.
“Turning the tide on the substance use disorder epidemic demands an all-hands-on-deck approach. On Drug Take Back Day, we’re reminded of the role we can all play in that effort,” said Shaheen. “The COVID-19 pandemic had a particularly devastating impact on those struggling with addiction, as we witnessed one public health crisis exacerbate another. Emptying our medicine cabinets and responsibly and safely disposing of old or expired medication is a critical way that we can prevent potentially harmful medication from falling into the wrong hands, which can either spur or continue substance misuse. I encourage Granite Staters to find disposal sites in their cities and towns, and to urge friends and neighbors to join them. Together, we can help prevent misuse, support those on the road to recovery and fight to end this scourge once and for all.”