NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is encouraging Granite Staters to participate in Drug Take Back Day, an event for people to drop off unused prescription medication. Drug Take Back Day will occur on Saturday, October 29, and you can find a collection site near you at dea.gov/takebackday.
“As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across New Hampshire, it is more important than ever to take simple, preventative steps that will save lives,” said Senator Hassan. “Initiatives like Drug Take Back Day are key to disposing of prescription drugs that might be misused, and I encourage Granite Staters to find a collection site near them to participate.”
Senator Hassan is working to stem the substance use disorder crisis. Senators Hassan and Mike Braun (R-IN) are working to pass their bipartisan bill to make it easier to dispose of opioids and other medications. Since 2017, Senator Hassan has successfully worked to secure a nine-fold increase in funding to New Hampshire to address the substance use disorder epidemic. Last year following Senator Hassan’s advocacy, the Biden administration removed some requirements that limited health care providers’ ability to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder. Senator Hassan is continuing to press for passage of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, a bipartisan bill that she reintroduced last year with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), that would fully eliminate these bureaucratic barriers. Senator Hassan also worked with her colleagues to pass into law the bipartisan INTERDICT Act, which has provided critical tools to Customs and Border Protection to help detect and intercept fentanyl and other illegal synthetic opioids.