CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

May 19, 2011

Let's Talk RCFY: May 19, 2011

By Celeste Clark
and Mike Kappler

RAYMOND — We want to thank all who participated in our very successful Raymond Drug Take Back event.

On April 30th, the Raymond Coalition For Youth, Raymond Police Department, and the Raymond Walgreens collaborated together to sponsor a location for the National Drug Enforcement Agencies 2nd annual RX Take Back event.

At the Raymond location, we collected over 64 pounds of medications that were no longer wanted or needed. We heard some amazing stories from people who were discarding the medications, from people who had recent health problems; had passed away; battled cancer or other illnesses and won, to medication that was prescribed by a doctor, but didn't work, so they stopped taking it.

This program safely disposes all the medications, so they do not end up in our water supplies where they can be harmful to all walks of life, not just people. We would like to remind everyone not to flush or throw away any medications. It eventually all ends up in the water supply.

Prescription drug misuse is on the rise, and both nationally and locally there have been reports of break-ins and thefts with the purpose of obtaining medications. Please safely store medications away from view, so as not to tempt anyone from taking them. Remember, just because a doctor has prescribed a medication, that does not make it safe for everyone to use.

Please visit www.rcfy.org to find out more about our coalition or become a fan on Facebook!