---- — Derry and Londonderry police will join with other community efforts in the area to help people get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions.
On April 27, local law enforcement participates in national prescription drug “Take Back” day.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration encourages people to bring in their old drugs as part of sixth annual “Take Back” initiative.
In Derry, drop-off is at Hood Commons. Londonderry police will collect drugs at the police station at 268A Mammoth Road, across from Londonderry High School.
Collections times are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People can drop off old medicine or unused drugs, no questions asked. The service is free.
The initiative is a way to help people get rid of potentially dangerous, outdated, unwanted drugs around the home and keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
Medicine languishing in a medicine cabinet can offer a dangerous opportunity for drugs to be abused, according to the DEA.
Rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing, DEA officials report, as are the numbers for accidental poisonings and overdoses.
People can drop off their old medicines all year long at the permanent drop-off box at Derry’s Municipal Drive police station lobby, 24 hours a day, all confidential.
The box was donated to the department through its partnership with Community Alliance For Teen Safety. It is a collaborative effort to keep prescription medicines out of the wrong hands.
The lobby also has a “sharps” box for used syringes. All materials will be taken by police and then disposed of properly.
Local police have collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription medicines since the “Take Back” events began.
Derry police also report a good start with the new permanent collection box at the station.