Shaheen Encourages Participation in National Drug Take-Back Day

April 28, 2017

(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, Saturday, April 29th, communities across New Hampshire and the country are teaming up with local law enforcement for National Drug Take-Back Day to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs. This event, hosted nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), serves as an important reminder of the services many local law enforcement agencies provide year-round to properly dispose of prescription drugs, especially highly addictive opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin.

“I strongly encourage every household in New Hampshire to check their cabinets for highly addictive prescriptions,” said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “New Hampshire has been devastated by the opioid epidemic, and we all need to be vigilant about removing excess painkillers from our homes not only on Drug Take-Back Day but every day. Drug take-back programs are an effective way to help safeguard your family and community, and I hope we can break a record with tomorrow’s participation.”

Tomorrow, New Hampshire will have more than 100 drop-off sites located around the state and more than 50 that operate year-round. Removing these prescriptions from your home can help safeguard your family and community.

Last October, New Hampshire law enforcement collected 8,033 pounds (4.0 tons) of unwanted or expired medication on National Drug Take-Back Day.  For a list of drug take-back sites near you, click here.