Local community ordinance recovery events take place on Saturday

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Saturday is the 22nd National Prescription Drug Pick-Up Day. Communities across the country are organizing campaigns at police stations, pharmacies and grocery stores. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., depending on the site, people are asked to return unused pills to prevent drug abuse and overdose. “The main priority is to keep these orders out of reach of people they weren’t intended for,” said Chief Phill Roberts of the Lebanon Police Department. “And on top of that, there are also environmental factors. It’s just not good to throw them down the sink or toilet to get into the septic tank. It’s best if they’re disposed of properly.” The DEA says overdose deaths have increased during the pandemic, which makes events like these all the more important. “We’ve seen an increase in overdoses, especially in the last two years of the pandemic,” Roberts said. “So we think that’s really important. We’ve been doing this for a number of years, and we’ve had great success over those years, so we’re looking forward to another successful year. Kelly Clements, Hartford Community Coalition, said. “Kids definitely use them and they’re super accessible at home.” In Lebanon, the filing site will be the police department. Where they will also take away sharp objects, used needles and syringes. In Hartford, from 10 a.m. to noon, the drop-off event will take place at the White River Junction Coop. Partially sponsored by the Hartford Community Coalition. “We collected 112 pounds of expired and unused medicine last April, so we hope to break that record tomorrow,” Clements said. If you can’t make it on Saturday, Lebanon has containers for sharps and prescription drugs in its lobby available 24/7. Visit this website for more information on the nearest events from you.

Saturday is the 22nd National Prescription Drug Pick-Up Day. Communities across the country are organizing campaigns at police stations, pharmacies and grocery stores. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., depending on the site, people are asked to return unused pills to prevent drug abuse and overdose.

“The main priority is to keep these orders out of reach of people they weren’t intended for,” said Chief Phill Roberts of the Lebanon Police Department. “And on top of that, there are also environmental factors. It’s just not good to throw them down the sink or toilet to get into the septic tank. It is better if they are eliminated correctly.

The DEA says overdose deaths have increased during the pandemic, which makes events like these all the more important.

“We’ve seen a spike in overdoses, especially in the last two years of the pandemic,” Roberts said. “So we think that’s very important. We’ve been doing this for a number of years, and we’ve had a lot of success over those years, so we’re looking forward to another successful year.

“Prescription drug use is a huge issue across all demographics in our area,” said Kelly Clements, Hartford Community Coalition. “Kids definitely use them and they’re super accessible at home.”

In Lebanon, the filing site will be the police department. Where they will also take away sharp objects, used needles and syringes.

In Hartford, from 10 a.m. to noon, the drop-off event will take place at the White River Junction Coop. Partially sponsored by the Hartford Community Coalition.

“We collected 112 pounds of expired and unused medicine last April, so we hope to break that record tomorrow,” Clements said.

If you can’t come on Saturday, Lebanon has sharps and prescription medicine containers in its lobby, available 24/7.

Visit this website for more information on events near you.

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