Sites across state ready to collect unwanted prescription drugs


10:00 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 2:00
IN THE AFTERNOON.>>WE’RE IN THE THROES OF THE
WORST DRUG CRISIS WE’VE EVER
SEEN. RAY: AND ONE OF THE ANSWERS
ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS IS DRUG
TAKE BACK DAY.>>WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IS
PREVENT ANYBODY FROM GOING INTO
A MEDICINE CABINET AND GETTING
THEIR HANDS ON A PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATION THAT SOMEBODY MAY NOT
BE USING OR IT’S EXPIRE RAY: OFFICIALS SAY REMOVING
THOSE DRUGS CAN HELP KEEP THE
PROBLEM FROM GETTING WORSE.>>WE KNOW SADLY THAT TOO MANY
PEOPLE ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH
DRUGS FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT
THEY FIND IN THEIR OWN HOME. RAY: AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE
PROGRAM IS THAT THOSE DROPPING
OFF THE DRUGS ARE GUARANTEED
ANONYMITY.>>WE’LL TAKE ANYTHING THAT
PEOPLE HAVE LAYING AROUND THE
HOUSE, IT’S NO QUESTIONS ASKED,
WE’RE NOT GOING TO LOOK THROUGH
IT TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT
IT’S AN ALLERGY MEDICATION OR AN OXYCONTIN, WE JUST WANT TO GET
IT OUT OF HARM’S WAY. RAY: TWO THINGS THAT ARE NOT
BEING COLLECTED ARE SYRINGES OR
LIQUIDS, BUT IN ADDITION TO
MEDICATION, FOR THE FIRST TIME
VAPING DEVICES ARE INCLUDED. MANCHESTER’S POLICE CHIEF SAYS
VAPING IS BECOMING A MAJOR
CONCERN IN THE CITY.>>WE RECENTLY HAD A SHOOTING ON
THE WEST SIDE OF MANCHESTER THAT
INCLUDE A ROBBERY AND THAT WAS
OVER VAPING PRODUCTS. RAY: IN THE PAST, OFFICIALS HAVE
COLLECTED BETWEEN 12,000 AND
15,000 POUNDS OF UNWANTED DRUGS
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DURING THESE
EVENTS. AND THE DEA SAYS THIS DOES
REPRESENT SOMETHING POSITIVE
WHEN IT COMES TO THE DRUG
EPIDEMIC.>>THE GOOD NEWS IS THE
RESPONSE, NEW HAMPSHIRE IS THE
GOLD STANDARD FOR THE RESPONSE. WE HAVE TURNED DRUG TAKE-BACK
DAY INTO A STATEWIDE EVENT WHERE
EVERYBODY WANTS TO PARTICIPATE. RAY: OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE
OFTEN ASKED BY PEOPLE WHAT THEY
CAN TO HELP WHEN IT COMES TO THE
DRUG CRISIS, AND THEY SAY THIS
IS ONE THING THAT EVERYONE C
PARTICIPATE. YOU CAN FIND A LIST OF DROP OFF
SITES ON OUR WEBSITE WMUR.COM
.

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