On October 28, the DEA held the national biannual Prescription Drugs take back Day in coalition with Makin It Happen, along with our community partners, Manchester Police Department, the Elliot at Rivers Edge, The National Guard, and volunteering youth from Memorial High School! The purpose of this initiative is to provide an outlet for the public to safely dispose of medications that are no longer needed, are expired, etc.
The Greater Manchester Region collected 974 pounds of medications, with the grand state total of 8,500 pounds! People who drove up to the drop off spot within the parking lot of the pharmacy at the Elliot at Rivers Edge were greeted by members of the national guard and police who placed the medications into designated disposal containers. In addition, students from Memorial High School handed out information pertaining to substance use prevention and Deterra bags, which are used for the safe disposal of and deactivation of pill and liquid medications.
Thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to taking part in more events in the future that keep our communities safe. If you missed Takeback Day, do not worry! Here is a link to authorized safe medicine disposal locations within a 10 mile radius of Manchester: https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1