Police Host Drug Take Back Day

Oct 24, 2013 No Comments by
  • Every day in the US, an average of 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs without a doctor’s guidance for the first time. Source
  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th graders, after alcohol, marijuana, synthetic marijuana (e.g., “Spice”), and tobacco. About 50 percent of high school seniors said that opioid drugs other than heroin (e.g., Vicodin) would be fairly or very easy to get. Source
  • Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs. Source
  • The majority of both teens and young adults obtain prescription drugs they abuse from friends and relatives, sometimes without their knowledge. Source
  • Adolescents ages 12 to 17 years old abuse prescription drugs more than ecstasy, heroin, crack/cocaine and methamphetamines combined. Source
  • The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain medications, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants (used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders). Source

The Londonderry Police will be accepting prescription medications on Saturday.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.

Scheduled for October 26, 2013, the Drug Take Back Day will be held at the Londonderry Police Department located at 268A Mammoth Road, across the street from the Londonderry High School. The event will be held from 10 AM until 2 PM. Locals are encouraged to bring in their unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs for proper disposal.


About the author

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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