LACONIA, NH – In less than three months since the unveiling of the permanent Medication Collection Box, the Laconia Police Department has collected 126 pounds of unused or expired medications. This voluntary collection and disposal process is free and anonymous.
The Medication Collection box was purchased by LRGHealthcare and installed in mid-January to address the vital public health and safety issue of prescription drug misuse/abuse. By providing a safe and secure location for community members to dispose of unused or unwanted medications the opportunity for these medications to fall into the wrong hands is greatly diminished. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 70% of those who abuse prescription medications get them from family or friends, often from the medicine cabinet.
No needles, syringes, or lancets will be collected. The Medication Collection Box is designated for prescription medications and not over the counter medications such as aspirin, cough syrups & drops, vitamins, etc. To dispose of these items, please contact your town office to inquire about disposal procedures. LRGHealthcare has specific sharps collection days in both Laconia and Franklin for individual community member. Refer to lrgh.org for dates and times.
The Laconia Police Department will be going ‘on the road’ for prescription medication pick-ups at the Taylor Home on Saturday, April 20 and at all Laconia Housing locations on Friday, April 26 to coincide with National Take Back Day (Saturday, April 27, 2013).
The medication collection box is one of the many initiatives set forth and supported by Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc., Stand Up 4 Drug Free Laconia, Laconia Police Department and LRGHealthcare.
For more information on the collection box, please contact Laconia Police Department at 603-524-5252. For more information on safe and secure storage of medications and tips on how to talk to your family about prescription drug abuse, please contact Partners in Prevention at 603-528-2145 ext. 1800.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.