Derry and Salem police departments are teaming up with Parkland Medical Center and South Central Public Health Network for a national Drug Enforcement Agency “Take Back” collection day and “Crush the Crisis” effort.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., law enforcement and staff in these communities will be hosting a collection where people can bring their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription or over the counter drugs to be safely disposed of.

Locations for the collections are Derry Police Department, 1 Municipal Drive, and the Salem Police Department, 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Items accepted at the collection include all prescription medicines, tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fetanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxymorphone (Opan), unused and expired prescribed or over the counter medicines.

Vape pens and other e-cigarette devices will also be accepted after batteries are removed.

No needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will be accepted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,630 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019, with more than 70% attributed to opioids.

For more information on the upcoming collection, call Derry police at 603-432-6111, Salem police at 603-893-1911 or visit

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