Drug Take Back Day on April 29

Candia Police taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 29, 2017 at the Candia Fire Department from 10am-2pm.

Drug Take Back Day

Candia, New Hampshire – On April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Candia Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Candia Fire Department at 11 Deerfield Road.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 742,497 pounds—371 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.

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.  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.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Candia Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Source: Police Department

Category: Candia Police Notices

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