October 12, 2023
Derry, NH — The Derry Police Department, Plaistow Police Department, Salem Police Department, Parkland Medical Center, South Central Public Health Network, and Southern Rockingham Coalition For Healthy Youth will take part in the National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Day and “Crush the Crisis” effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The drug take back event gives the community a place to safely dispose of all prescription medications including unused or expired prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, and opioid medications.
The DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Crush the Crisis collection sites will be at the following locations:
- Derry Police Department, 1 Municipal Drive, Derry, NH
- Plaistow Emergency Room, 26 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, NH
- Salem Police Department, 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Salem, NH
Law enforcement officers and hospital staff will collect all prescription medications: tablets, capsules, and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxymorphone (Opana), unused and/or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications. Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices also will be accepted after the batteries are removed. Please note that needles, syringes, lancets and liquids will not be accepted.
In 2022, there were more than 109,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase from 2021.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 28 Take Back Day / Crush the Crisis, please contact the Derry Police Department at 603-432-6111, Plaistow Police Department at (603) 382-6816, Salem Police Department at (603) 893-1911, or visit takebackday.dea.gov.