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Drug take-back day set for Saturday

October 27, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police departments are once again collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs across New Hampshire.

The Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates two drug take-back days each year in the spring and fall. Collection sites will be set up at police stations, transfer stations, pharmacies and other locations on Saturday.

In May, officials said nearly 15,000 pounds of drugs were collected in New Hampshire, which recently launched a new statewide organization focused on the safe disposal of prescription medication. The group is called Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative New Hampshire, and its partners include more than a dozen local, state, and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis.

In 2017, 483 people in New Hampshire lost their lives to a drug-related overdose, primarily opioids.

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