DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

April 17, 2014

Clean out the medicine cabinets

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — Derry and Londonderry police will join with other community efforts to help people get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications.

On April 26, local law enforcement officials will host the annual Take Back drug collection initiative.

Derry police will offer its drop-off event in the Hood Commons parking lot off Crystal Avenue.

In Londonderry, drug collection efforts are held at the Londonderry police station on Mammoth Road.

Collection times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People can stop by with their old medicines and unused drugs, now questions asked. The service is free.

The initiative is a way for people to get rid of potentially dangerous drugs that may be lingering in a home and keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says leftover drugs or unwanted, expired medicines can dangerous and could offer opportunities for the materials to be abused.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines kept in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription abuse in the U.S. are rising, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

The Take Back collection efforts help keep those medicines out of the wrong hands and also helps dispose of the drugs properly, instead of tossing them in the trash or flushing them down a toilet. Those methods could cause potential safety and health hazards.

In Derry, drugs can be dropped off all year long at the police station at the department’s permanent drug drop off box in the station’s lobby.

Drugs can be dropped off 24 hours a day, all confidential.

The lobby also has a “sharps” box for getting rid of used syringes. All materials are taken by police to be disposed of properly.

The permanent collection box was donated to Derry police through its partnership with Community Alliance for Teen Safety.