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October 3, 2012

Police collect unwanted prescriptions


Plaistow Deputy Chief Kathleen Jones said her department collected a big box of medications. "We do a few of these a year and they are still very popular," she said. "People are glad to have a place to take them."

Plaistow teamed up with Danville and Kingston to deliver the boxes to the DEA, she said.

Danville had one box while Kingston police Chief Donald Briggs said his department had two.

"We were extremely busy," Briggs said.

Several local police departments have installed drop-off boxes within the last few years. They include Sandown, Salem, Pelham and Windham.

That means they receive fewer prescriptions on Drug Take Back Day. "Now that we have (a box) in the lobby, it has decreased," Pelham police Lt. Brian McCarthy said. "All in all, the program is working perfectly."

Windham police Capt. Michael Caron said his department received 76 pounds. A year ago, the department collected 135 pounds.

Pelham and Windham installed their boxes last winter.

Sandown police Chief Joseph Gordon said his department only received about a dozen prescription bottles Saturday. But that's because they have collected more than 50,000 pills since installing their box in February 2011.

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