LACONIA — More than half-a-dozen police departments in the Lakes Region will be participating in the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
The police departments in Laconia, Belmont, Gilford, Meredith, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County are participating. Drugs will collected at the CVS Pharmacy on Lake Shore Road in Gilford and at the police stations in other municipalities. Unwanted prescription medications can be disposed of throughout the year at the police stations in Gilford and Laconia, where drop boxes are located in the lobbies.
All solid and liquid medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, may be disposed of anonymously, but injectable liquids and syringes will not be accepted.
This is an opportunity for residents to empty their homes of potentially dangerous expired and unwanted medications properly and safely, ensuring that they do not fall into the hands of those who might abuse them or find their way into the natural environment with adverse impacts on water quality. Studies indicate that most of the prescription medications that are abused originate from the medicine cabinets of families and friends. Likewise, medications left in the home contribute significantly to the high numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses.
Common methods for disposing of prescription medications such as flushing them down toilets or drains or putting them in the trash threaten both public health and the natural environment.
Last October, more than 324 tons of prescription medications were collected at 4,114 sites and the over 1,700 tons of pills and tablets have been collected at the first seven Take-Back Days.