Unwanted prescriptions can be turned in

BAYS SET UP HERE AT THE DPW FOR QUICK DROP OFF, AND ALL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WILL BE ACCEPTED — NO QUESTIONS ASKED. >> WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE OPIOD EPIDEMIC SPECIFICALLY. RAY: SO SATURDAY FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE COUNTRY, AN EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO MAKE SURE UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS DON’T END UP ON THE STREET. LT. KENNEY: IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS OUT OF MEDICINE CABINETS WHERE THEY CAN BE REACHED BY TEENAGERS OR CHILDREN AND PEOPLE POSSIBLY AFFECTED BY ADDICTION. RAY: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ADDICTS OFTEN START WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. LIEUTENANT BRIAN KENNEY SAYS THAT IS THEIR EXPERIENCE IN NASHUA AS WELL. LT. KENNEY: WE TALK TO PEOPLE ALL THE TIME WHO ARE UNFORTUNATELY AFFECTED BY ADDICTION, ARE USERS OF STREET NARCOTICS, AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, IT STARTS WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. MR. DELENA: EVERYDAY WE WAKE UP HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THIS PROBLEM. RAY: JON DELENA WITH THE DEA SAYS PROGRESS IS BEING MADE, BUT IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO TURN AROUND OVERNIGHT. MR. DELENA: PREVENTION IS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT IS ABSOLUTELY SMASHING US IN THE FACE EVERYDAY. RAY: ANOTHER BENEFIT OF TAKING PART IN DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY, DELENA SAYS, IS YOU’RE ASSURED THE MEDICATION WILL BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY. MR. DELENA: WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE WASHING THIS STUFF DOWN INTO THE WATER SUPPLY. LET US DO IT IN A WAY THAT’S SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. RAY: AND POLICE SAY THEY GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE’S ANONYMITY IS PROTECTED. ONE THING THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING IS NEEDLES. THEY ASK THAT YOU DISPOSE OF THEM PROPERLY ELSEWHERE.

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