Prescription Drug Take Back

Prescription Drug Take Back

Got Drugs? Disposal program at UNH.

The initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been a national success where the previous events occurring in New Hampshire have taken in an astounding 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications in years past. 

UNH Offers Drug Take-Back Program

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal

  • September 26, 2015
  • 10am - 2pm UNH Police Department
  • 12pm - 4pm Health Services Pharmacy 

For more information, call the UNH Police Department at (603) 862-1427 or Health Services Pharmacy at (603) 862-2183

Durham Police Department Offers Drug Take-Back Program

  • Ongoing Mondays - Friday
  • 8am - 5pm
  • Durham Police facility on Dover Road (Route 108) 
For more information, call the UNH Police Department at (603) 868-2324

Using this service prevents prescription drug abuse as six out of ten teenagers who have taken prescription narcotics state that they get them from their parents or relative’s medicine cabinets. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 

Additionally, using this service keeps trace drugs out of our lakes, streams and estuaries as wastewater treatment plants cannot remove many of the compounds found in medications; so when flushed or put in a landfill, drugs are discharged into our surface and ground water and consumed by fish and wildlife.