Prescription Drug Take Back

Prescription Drug Take Back

Got Drugs? Disposal program at UNH.

UNH Offers Drug Take-Back Day: April 30, 2016

Drug Take-Back Day is a national program, offered once a semester, in coordination with UNH Health Services, UNH Police Department and the DEA. This event offers individuals a safe, free and confidential way to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. By eliminating these unused medications, we can reduce misuse, abuse and accidental poisoning. But, it’s important to dispose of medications the right way. Do not flush medications down the toilet where they can contaminate groundwater and waterways.

The easiest, safest way to dispose of medications is at a Drug Take-Back location:

April 30, 2016

UNH Police Department: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
18 Waterworks Road
Durham, NH 03824
603.862.1427 

UNH Health Services, Pharmacy: Noon to 4 p.m.
4 Pettee Brook Lane
Durham, NH 03824
603.862.2183 

Ongoing; Weekdays Only

Durham Police Department: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
86 Dover Road
Durham, NH 03824
603.868.2324
This location will not accept medications on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Pills only. 

About

This Drug Take-Back Day is a national initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Previous events in New Hampshire have taken back an astounding 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications. These events aim to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings by removing unwanted and expired prescription drugs from home medicine cabinets.

Drug Take-Back Day also benefits the environment by keeping prescription medications from contaminating lakes, streams and estuaries. Wastewater treatment plants cannot remove many of the compounds found in medications. When medications are flushed or put in a landfill, drugs are discharged into surface and ground water and consumed by fish and wildlife.