On Saturday, October 27, is the 15th Annual National Day of Prescription Drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administrations. State officials and intelligence directors are working to raise awareness of the importance of people cleaning up their medicine cabinets, which can abuse the possibility of unused drugs getting into people's hands.
Experts agree with many addictions to the plagues of the country began with the drug purchase in the pharmacy. When there are no prescription drugs, many go to heroin and the street Fentanyl.
"This event is important because it removes unused but potentially dangerous drugs," said David Mara, State Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health. "For me, it's also a great place to educate the public about the pitfalls of the encore, and it starts with prescription drugs ̵
Offer in the Seacoast region many police stations from 10:00 to 14:00 at drug outlets. on Saturday. There are also many drop-off locations every day, throughout the year, including the Portsmouth Police Station and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover in the main lobby.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans abused prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, often from the medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. "Visit https://tackebackday.dea.gov.
Key statistics on the National Day of Prescription Medicines
• Total involvement of law enforcement agencies: 4,274  • Total number of collection points: 5,321  • Total weight : 912,305 pounds
New Hampshire's Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative is an alliance of local, state, and national organizations committed to ending the country's opioid crisis, Paul Young of RALI NH hopes this year, To get even better numbers, to inform the public about the need to participate and to bring Deterra disposal bags into the hands of as many people as possible.The bags allow the safe disposal of prescription drugs at home, in doctors' offices and hospitals.
Young is president of DISMAS Home of New Hampshire, Manchester, a temporary home for women, especially from prison. "All women had addictions," he said. "You do not have a safe place to go alone."
Young and RALI NH are working with recovery groups and the New Hampshire Hospital Association to get Deterra Taschen, a program run by Jim and Jeanne Moser of Exeter after the loss of their son Adam to an overdose
"We have Groups such as Chucky's Fight, Hope on Haven Hill, and Safe Harbor grants have been granted to help with the rebuilding efforts, "said Young. "We're doing PSAs (public service announcements) asking people to get involved more, no one is unaffected, my son knows seven people who died from an overdose."
Chucky Rosa from Chucky's Fight a child lost to opioids. He will use a $ 50,000 scholarship from RALI NH to continue to fund "scholarships," as he calls them. It helps people who are genuinely trying to get help, but may not be able to afford a treatment program.
"Drug Take Back Day is really important," said Rosa. "My analogy is – I like sweets and if there's ice cream in the house, I'll find a way to justify something like I worked out today, so why not? It's because it's in the house for prescription drugs A young person in the house who may not really need it but is interested can try it because it's there, or they may have a bad day and think that maybe they could get it – again, because of it So, do not have it there. Get rid of it. "
" In our view, the most important thing people gain from Take Back Day is the education they receive, "said Jim Moser of Zero Left. "This is beyond the disposal of medicines, which is important, it allows for conversations with your children, with neighbors, aunts and uncles."
Moser said that RALI NH has been instrumental in increasing the reach of deterrent bags ,
Vanessa Stafford, Communications Director of New Hampshire Hospitality Association, said in collaboration with RALI NH, NHHA launched a distribution of Deterra bags to every hospital in the state.
"RALI donated 70,000 bags," Stafford said. "Realistically, it's a drop in the ocean compared to the number of opioid prescriptions in the hospitals, but it does open the conversation – all vendors can share information with their patients about the importance of the zero-left program important, and I think we can do more. "
Kevin St. James, Firefighter Commissioner of Rockingham, firefighter and paramedic, is at the forefront of the opioid crisis. Last Saturday, St. James, who also works as a bailiff, told Narcan that he had given her to a 25-year-old woman.
"She was imprisoned and posted on her Facebook page Friday -" I'm back sluts, "St. James said. "On Saturday we brought her back to life."
St. James said he had, like many others, a medicine cabinet full of spilled prescriptions. He said Zero Left opened his eyes.
"I was a normal pharmacy," he said. "I realized that if something happens, as my daughter's wisdom teeth are removed, she needs four days of relief, she does not need 60 pills."
To find all delivery points, visit https: // tackbackday. dea.gov or www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/documents/drop-box-locations .pdf.