Jan 23, 2016 11:04 AM

Unused meds left in Derry collection box more than doubled in 2 years

DERRY — A collection box where residents can drop off unused medications collected more than 1,000 pounds of old prescription drugs last year.

“Anything we can do to limit the exposure of unwanted and unneeded prescription medications to our citizens will help curb the opioid crisis we are currently experiencing,” Police Chief Edward Garone told the Union Leader.

In 2013, the first year the box was installed, it collected 487 pounds of drugs, meaning last year's tally is more than double, Garone noted.

The box was offered to the police department by the Community Alliance for Teen Safety and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the lobby of the police station at 1 Municipal Drive.

“We urge all citizens to safely dispose of any unwanted or outdated medicines. This simple step helps to remove access, especially by youth, to these potentially dangerous substances, thus preventing the tragic consequences of accidental poisonings and overdoses,” said Sue Centner, executive director of the teen safety alliance.

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