The Bedford Police Department has announced that residents may drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications this weekend as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday, from 10 and 2, residents can visit the Bedford Police Station at 55 Constitution Drive, to dispose of their prescription drugs. The event is run in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is free of charge, no questions asked. Residents can drop off pills and patches, but cannot leave liquids, needles or sharps.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month, 6.4 million Americans, ages 12 and over — 2.4 percent of the population — abuse prescription drugs more than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. The majority of those who abuse prescription drugs report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.
BeBOLD, Bedford Building Our Lives Drug-free, has announced its October Speaker Series event will be held on Monday 24th from 7 to 8 in the McAllaster Room of the Bedford Library. This event is open to the community. This month’s speaker is Dr. Dan Rosenbaum, a primary care physician at Elliott Family Medicine at Bedford Commons and a Bedford resident. Rosenbaum will hold an open discussion on what he sees as a physician regarding heroin and prescription drug abuse and how this relates to our youth. Questions and open dialogue are encouraged. To keep up with monthly topics and event dates, visit be bold bedford dot org.
Senate President Chuck Morse, Republican from Salem, and House Speaker Shawn Jasper, Republican from Hudson, announced the creation of the Dairy Producer’s Task Force to study and recommend a short term plan for preserving New Hampshire’s dairy industry. The General Court’s Dynamic Duo is concerned that the impact the drought’s had on croplands used to feed cattle and lower than average wholesale dairy prices will leave farmers unable to feed their herds over the winter. Three point seven million dollars in assistance to bail out struggling farms is also pending before the legislature.
House Majority Leader Dick Hinch of Merrimack will Chair the task force. Representatives Robert Haefner (R-Hudson), Tara Sad (D-Walpole) and Neal Kurk (R-Weare) will join Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) and Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) on the task force, which will meet on Tuesday at 9 a.m. with a reporting deadline of Friday, Nov. 4th.
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The S A U 5 5 School Board, which includes the Hampstead and Timberlane Regional school districts, set something of a land speed record in reviewing its more than two million dollar budget last night. It took just twenty minutes of chatter before board member Cathleen Abruzzese from Hampstead moved the document to public hearing. Board Chairman Jason Cipriano refused to allow any motions to lower the budget, telling board member Wayne Disnmore of Hampstead if he wanted to lower the bottom line, he could move to table the motion to go to public hearing. It failed with only Dinsmore and Sandown’s Donna Green voted to table.
According to Green, haste does make waste as the board failed to address a notification the board received yesterday notifying them that their health insurance premiums were going to jump by five point five percent. The budget they approved and sent to public hearing did not include the increase. Not to worry, said Green, despite being a four percent increase over last year’s budget, she predicted the SAU will come to public hearing, announce that they need an insurance line increase, and taxpayers will have to suck it up because there is not a darn thing they can do about the SAU budget. Quote:
Given that the voters have no say whatsoever about the SAU budget, you would think your elected officials would be more serious about it. Instead tonight’s meeting was a display of incompetence, indifference, irresponsibility and arrogance. This is the government you have. It becomes the government you deserve when you do nothing about it.
A dog from Merrimack is lost somewhere in the Pinardville-West Manchester area. The dog’s owners, who are loyal listeners that asked for our help, say he’s been spotted in the area and that they believe he followed the high tension wire corridor from Merrimack into Goffstown. His name is Edward. He’s a six year old intact male Pointer/Husky mix with black fur. Edward’s sixty five pounds, shy, microchipped and wearing a collar. He doesn’t know the area and will run if chased. If you see or have seen Edward, please call Bill at 6 6 0 6 0 7 7, that’s 6 6 0 6 0 7 7.
The Manchester Republican Committee will host a Candidate Meet & Greet on Monday the twenty fourth from 6:30-8pm at Murphy’s Taproom. The public is welcome to attend.