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Mar 27, 2016 9:02 AM

Bill would allow return of heroin through takeback programs

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A bill before Senate lawmakers would give people immunity if they return illegal drugs through drug take-back programs.

Existing law confines drug take-back programs to pharmaceutical and prescription drugs. But a bill that has passed the House allows illegal drugs to be returned as well, specifically mentioning heroin and cocaine, and gives anyone who returns them amnesty from criminal prosecution. It would also allow people to return drug paraphernalia.

The Senate Health and Human Services committee will hold a public hearing on the plan Tuesday.

The bill also encourages such programs to have an employee who can help people returning illegal drugs to find treatment and recovery programs.

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