DRUG TAKE BACK DAY SATURDAY

by Christian Mower on April 26, 2013

A NUMBER OF TOWNS IN THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE WILL PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013.

THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION SAYS THE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE, CONVENIENT AND RESPONSIBLE WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED, EXPIRED OR UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – WHILE EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE OF THE MEDICATIONS.

VARIOUS SITES WILL SERVE AS COLLECTION POINTS SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M. PARTICIPATING TOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE INCLUDE OSSIPEE, MOULTONBOROUGH AND PLYMOUTH – AND FRYEBURG AND BRIDGTON IN MAINE.

THE DEA SAYS MORE THAN TWO MILLION POUNDS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WERE TAKEN OUT OF CIRCULATION DURING FIVE PREVIOUS NATIONAL TAKE BACK EVENTS COORDINATED WITH STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS.

CONWAY POLICE LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE PAST BUT WON’T SATURDAY BECAUSE IT IS SO CLOSE TO HAVING ITS OWN PROGRAM UP AND RUNNING.

EARLIER IN APRIL 2013 CONWAY VOTERS APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A SPECIAL DRUG DESTROYING MACHINE FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT INCINERATES THE UNWANTED DRUGS IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANNER.

A DROP OFF BOX THAT ALLOWING AROUND-THE-CLOCK ACCESS WILL BE PLACED IN THE POLICE STATION’S LOBBY.

FOR THE COLLECTION SITE NEAREST TO YOU, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.dea.gov.

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