Help Fight the Opioid Crisis While Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet on National Drug Take Back Day!

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Do your part this April and help fight the opioid crisis in New Hampshire! On the heels of the largest collection to-date, The Drug Enforcement Administration is preparing for its 20th Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for April 24.

In October 2020, the DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the past 10 years, the DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs during Drug Take Back Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the emergence of COVID-19 but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

On April 24, help fight the opioid crisis and drop off your unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications at collection sites across the state, including at Elliot at River’s Edge Pharmacy in Manchester. We are partnering with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)-Manchester and Making It Happen to collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs from 10 am to 2 pm. We will be adhering to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to protect you and our staff.

To find the nearest collection site near you click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!