Record amount of drugs collected on Take Back Day

BACK DAY ON OCTOBER 28 WITH 48 OF THOSE TONS BEING COLLECTED IN SIX NEW ENGLAND STATES. ANDY: IT’S BEING — IT’S BEING HAILED AS A MAJOR SUCCESS BOTH HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ACROSS THE NATION. A RECORD 456 TONS OF EXPIRED OR UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WERE COLLECTED IN THE U.S. AS PART OF NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY ON OCTOBER 28 WITH 48 OF THOSE TONS BEING COLLECTED IN SIX NEW ENGLAND STATES. >> THESE ARE OUR HIGHEST NUMBERS YET. THAT TELLS US THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO STILL HAVE MEDICATION IN THEIR MEDICINE CABINETS THAT STILL NEED TO BE COLLECTED AND TURNED IN. ANDY: NEW HAMPSHIRE WAS THIRD AMONG NEW ENGLAND STATES WITH MORE THAN 13,000 POUNDS OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION COLLECTED AT MORE THAN 100 SITES AROUND THE STATE. NASHUA POLICE LIEUTENANT BRIAN KENNEY SAYS THEY COLLECTED 15 FULL BOXES OF UNWANTED DRUGS, THE MOST HE’S EVER SEEN. >> OUR GOAL IS ESSENTIALLY TO FIGHT THE DRUG ABUSE OPOID EPIDEMIC THAT WE’RE SUFFERIONG FROM RIGHT NOW. IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE EFFECTED BY DRUG ADDICTION START RIGHT AT HOME WITH STUFF THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE MEDICINE CABINET. ANDY: FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS ALSO EDUCATIONAL. POLICE REALIZE THERE IS A SAFE PLACE TO DISPOSE OF THEIR MEDICATION INSTEAD OF FLUSHING IT DOWN THE TOILET OR PUTTING IT IN THE TRASH. SALEM POLICE COLLECTED 300 POUNDS OF MEDS LAST SATURDAY. >> WE’VE ACTUALLY TAKEN IT A STEP FURTHER, AS WITH MANY LOCAL AGENCIES. THEY HAVE AS WELL. WE HAVE A SAFE IN OUR LOBBY THAT’S MONITORED AND 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR, YOU CAN DROP YOUR UNWANTED PRESCRIPTIONS TO OUR LOBBY GET THEM OUT OF YOUR HOME. ANDY: DEA OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS

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