EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

October 26, 2013

N.H. police collecting unused prescription drugs

N.H. police collect unwanted medication

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Granite Staters continue to turn in more drugs to the three-year-old campaign.

Ducey said about 1,127 pounds were collected the first time in 2010. Last April, people contributed 5,687 pounds, he said.

That is despite less participation from police. It’s not that police don’t value the program. Ducey said some departments, like Salem, have established collection boxes where people can dispose of drugs throughout the year.

Still, officials anticipate there will be more than 70 collection sites statewide. Participation is anonymous and simple.

“I think the major benefit of the program is that the program is anonymous,” McPherson said.

People will find it’s easy.

“It’s about as simple as it gets,” Ducey said.

People bring their unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs to drop-off locations, usually police departments, for disposal.

“They walk in the lobby and put it in the box anonymously,” Ducey said. “Nobody will look at it.”

Some people will black out their name on a bottle or remove the prescription label, but don’t have to, he said. Police won’t look.

“Nobody even cares,” he said. “Whatever is in there will get incinerated.”

Drug drop-off sites

Here is a list of collection locations in the region. Times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DANVILLE: Kimball Safety Complex, 206 Main St.

DERRY: Hood Commons, 55 Crystal Ave.

LONDONDERRY: Police station, 268A Mammoth Road.

NEWTON: Police station, 8 Merrimac Road.

PELHAM: Police station, 14 Village Green.

PLAISTOW: Rite Aid, 31 Garden Road.

SANDOWN: Police station, 314 Main St.

WINDHAM: Police station, 4 Fellows Road.

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