Many Medications? Your Safety is in Your Hands!
When we receive medical care, it’s important to let our caregivers know all of the medications we are taking. Our safety depends upon it. But it can be difficult to keep track of multiple prescriptions, and when you factor in over-the-counter medications, herbal products, and vitamins.
Medication Cards are one of the easiest ways to make sure those caring for us have an accurate picture of all the medications we are taking. By carrying this card in your wallet, and keeping it up-to-date each time you add or remove a medication, you can make sure your medication record travels with you and is available to anyone who cares for you.
Free medication cards are available at local provider offices, ServiceLink, Lakes Region General Hospital and Franklin Regional Hospital. Or download your card today.
Do you have expired or unused medication?
You now have a way to safely and regularly dispose of them, Take it the box.
The Laconia, Gilford and Franklin Police Departments now offer permanent medication collection boxes to help you dispose of your expired or unused medication safely. The collection box is accessible 24-hours days/7 days a week, and the best part is it’s FREE!
The following guidelines apply:
ONLY pharmaceutical drugs are to be placed in the box (prescription or over-the-counter medications)
This voluntary collection/disposal process is FREE and ANONYMOUS
NO needles, syringes, or lancets will be collected. If you need to dispose of these items, please contact your local town hall for rules on how to dispose in your community.
The collection box is constructed in such a manner and of materials that make it tamper proof.
Did you know? Approximately 70% of those who abuse prescription medications get them from family or friends, often from the medicine cabinet. This permanent medication collection box addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. By taking unused and expired medications out of our community, it significantly reduces the opportunities for misuse and/or abuse.
Protect Groundwater: Flushing medication is NO LONGER recommended. Research shows that certain medications are not thoroughly flushed out during water treatment, and can end up contaminating our groundwater.