Hudson - Litchfield News October 15, 2010 - 13
Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Draws Huge Response
by Doug Robinson The Hudson Police Department, in cooperation with the Hudson Wal-Mart, hosted a Prescription Drug Take-Back Program event, at which they collected “unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal” on Saturday. The event is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the program is offered free of charge to local communities. “The Got Drugs return program was a great success,” commented Hudson Police Captain Bob Tousignant. The one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical control substance abuse, states the DEA. All those who do surrender the drugs will be allowed to do so anonymously. All prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, needles, and illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not part of the initiative. Hudson Police collected 97 pounds of
unwanted medications during the event. Nationally, the event collected over 90,000 pounds, or enough medication to weigh as much as a twin engine private jet. According to the DEA, “About 1 in 8
prescription drugs contains active ingredients that the federal government limits in distribution and handles in a special, secure way. These drugs include narcotics like Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, and codeine cough syrup. [And] stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine, as well as sedatives and tranquilizers like Valium.”
Prescription drugs containing controlled substances are being misused and abused at alarming rates, according to the DEA. This has been leading to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose, and addiction, making them a public safety issue. A factor contributing to their increased usage is their availability in the home medicine cabinet. In many cases, medicines
containing controlled substances remain in the home medicine cabinet long after therapy has been completed, thus making these drugs easily accessible to others. The most recent national survey on drug use shows prescription medicines to be the most abused drugs by Americans, other than marijuana. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teenagers are
prescription medicines. For years, many have
“thrown” unwanted prescription drugs down the toilet in an effort to get rid of them. However, recent studies show detect that pharmaceutical drugs in varying concentrations
are now showing up in our water supplies. Those drugs that are admissible to flush down the toilet will have an FDA guideline on the label stating so.
Drug stores do not issue refunds or accept returned prescription medications, as these “substances must be handled by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA specifies which medicines and chemicals used to make medicines must be handled in a special manner because of their harmfulness, abuse potential, or limited medical necessity.” At the event on Saturday, and at all Prescription
Drug Take-Back Program events, all returned medicines are incinerated by the DEA. For those who wish maintain a higher degree
of privacy, “you can empty your bottles into the bin and take the bottles home with you (except for liquids), or you can black out with a marker your personal information on the bottle,” continues the DEA. For additional information about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, please visit www.dea.gov
Te Hudson Police Department collected an average of one box per hour during their collection period for the unwanted medications
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,” announce Prudential Verani Realty’s Ninth Annual Coat Drive. Help us help others keep warm by donating clean coats, hats, mittens, and scarves you no longer need or want. All of your very generous donations will be given to local shelters, charitable organizations,
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or call 537-5333 with your name, address, and phone number, and we’ll make arrangements with you to pick up your donation! Men’s, women’s, boys’, girls’, and infant sizes are all needed!
Faulty Appliance Possible Cause of Fire
On Monday, October 4, at approximately 10:49 a.m., a Spear Road homeowner reported a kitchen fire to a passerby who, in turn, called the Hudson Fire Department. Upon arriving at the residence, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Neal Carter ordered a line stretched to extinguish the fire. The fire department reported extensive fire damage to the
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kitchen with heat and smoke damage throughout the house and a small amount of water damage in the basement. The incident is still under
investigation; the Fire Prevention Division is awaiting the findings of an expert mechanical engineer regarding the operation of a suspect appliance.
Men Arrested in Attempted Theft of Snowmobiles On September 22 at approximately 10 p.m., officers
from the Hudson Police Department responded to Jay’s Automotive located at 3 Lawrence Road in Hudson for a reported theft in progress. Officer Manni was the first to arrive and observed a suspicious pick-up truck with a sole male occupant within. The vehicle was parked on Lawrence Road in the vicinity of the business. Officer Marcotte and Officer Conley arrived a short time later and observed that a second subject was also present at the scene and was on the property. Further investigation into the incident revealed that the second male subject was in the process of stealing a trailer that held four snowmobiles. The individual, who was identified as Kevin Learnard, 25, of Hooksett, was taken into custody and was charged with Attempted Theft (a class A Felony), Criminal Trespass, and Possession of Burglary Tools (both misdemeanors). The second subject, who was identified as Christopher Learnard,
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Hudson Fire Log
Sunday, October 3: 7:28 a.m. Untimely death. 11:06 a.m. Assist citizen, Barbara Lane. 7:28 p.m. General illness, Belknap Road. 10:31 p.m. Fainting, Highland Street. Monday, October 4: 8:53 a.m. Vehicle fire, Central Street. 9:38 a.m. Blasting, Greeley Street. 10:48 a.m. Kitchen fire, Speare Road. 12:02 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Central Street. 12:44 p.m. Seizure, Lowell Road. 1:32 p.m. Fall related injuries, Lowell Road. 6:42 p.m. Fall related injuries, Lowell Road. 7:06 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Old Derry Road. Tuesday, October 5: 11:25 a.m. General illness, Derry Road. 4:18 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Cin-Fre Drive and Wason Road. 10:39 p.m. Chest pain, Corning Road (L). Wednesday, October 6: 7:07 a.m. Alarms, Shingle Mill Road. 12:13 p.m. Investigation, Speare Road. 12:44 p.m. Tree on wires, Pelham Road. 1:40 p.m. Arcing wires, Kienia Road. 2:12 p.m. Head injury, Whidden Lane (L). 2:30 p.m. Tree on wires, Belknap Road. Thursday, October 7: 9:46 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, Lowell Road and Sagamore Bridge Road. 12:44 p.m. General illness, Flagstone Drive. 1:56 p.m. Seizure, Fox Hollow Drive.
2:49 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Road and Old Derry Road. 3:09 p.m. Seizure, Derry Road and Rayes Drive. 5:27 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Greeley Street and Central Street. 5:30 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Lowell Road. 5:51 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Wason Road. 11:51 p.m. Illegal burn, Bradford Circle. Friday, October 8: 8:39 a.m. Commercial burn, Commercial Street. 10:43 a.m. Hemorrhaging, Derry Road. 3:28 p.m. Knee injury, Chatham Street. 3:50 p.m. Diabetic emergency, Executive Drive. 5:26 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Derry Street. 5:35 p.m. Mutual aid Ambulance, Nashua. 5:42 p.m. Detail, Library Street. 8:06 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Charles Bancroft Highway (L). 8:30 p.m. Diabetic emergency, Century Lane (L). 11:02 p.m. Illegal burn, Gowing Road. Saturday, October 9: 12:39 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Cummings Street and Derry Street. 1:22 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Hillcrest Road (L). 4:25 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Hillcrest Road (L). 7:00 p.m. Burns, Wason Road. 7:03 p.m. Difficulty breathing, Charles Bancroft Highway (L).
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