National Drug Take Back Day this weekend

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/22/2021 11:31:10 AM

National Drug Take Back Day is this weekend, and many local police departments are gearing up to participate.

The Drug Enforcement Administration puts on this bi-annual event to collect unused medications and dispose of them.

“We host the drug take back event because people don’t know how to dispose of their medication properly,” said Lieutenant John Frechette of the Wilton PD, one of the local departments participating. The collected drugs will be collected by the DEA and incinerated, instead of finding their way into the water supply, Frechette said.

“It’s a nationwide effort to help prevent narcotic drugs from falling into the wrong hands and being abused, which could ultimately lead to somebody’s death,” said Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard. “Whatever we can do to help in those efforts, I feel we have an obligation to do that.”

“I think it’s an appropriate community service that we offer,” said Hancock Chief Thomas Horne. “We allow people to safely dispose of their medications that could otherwise be misused or abused.”

Sergeant Rachel Malynowski with Rindge PD said that the potential for medications being abused is potentially very high, and that they have seen a rise in theft and misuse of drugs.

“We see it as a good opportunity to help the community dispose of unwanted, unused prescriptions, and the over the counter medications that sit in cabinets for sometimes years past their expiration date, and people don’t know what to do with them,” Malynowski said.

Rindge is also the only local police department that will be distributing safe drug disposal pouches for at-home use, Malynowski said, a giveaway sponsored by the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of NH. The small pouch is a self-contained system that can render prescription drugs safe without need to dispose of them at a police station.

“That would make the actual takeback probably less of an event,” Malynowski said, and would go a long way toward the end goal of stopping the use, abuse, and misuse of these drugs.

Rindge, Wilton, and Hancock all also have boxes throughout the year for drug take backs.

Local participating departments also include Jaffrey and Mason. Those who are not residents of these towns are welcome to dispose of medications at any of them. The event will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.


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