Londonderry to Host Another Drug Take Back Day

Oct 25, 2011 No Comments by
  • Among adolescents, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the frequently abused drugs by high school seniors, excluding tobacco and alcohol. (Source)
  • Nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors reported non-medical use of Vicodin; 1 in 20 reported abuse of Oxycontin. (Source)
  • 55% of youths aged 12 and over who used pain relievers non-medically in 2009 to 2010 reportedly got the medication from a friend or relative for free. 11.4% bought them from a friend or relative, and 4.8% took them from a friend or relative without asking. (Source)

With statistics as scary as these, parents and caregivers may want to take note of the types of medications kept in their medicine cabinets and their expiration dates. Medications expire and can still cause side effects that can be harmful to the user. Because of this, the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration and the Londonderry Police Department are holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. “The Department of Justice is committed to doing everything we can to make our communities safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts.”

The third annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held at the Londonderry Police Department at 268B Mammoth Road. The police station is located across the street from the Londonderry High School. Anyone is welcome to anonymously drop off prescription drugs to the police station anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM.

“Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health,” said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske. “The Federal/state/and local collaboration represented in this initiative is key in our national efforts to reduce pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse.”

Be sure to dispose of your old, unwanted and potentially unsafe medications this Saturday in Londonderry! To learn more about this event, visit the DEA’s website.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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