MANCHESTER — Drug Take Back Day is Saturday in the Queen City, with three locations available around Manchester where individuals can drop off prescription medication.
Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano announced Monday that the city’s biannual National Take Back Day/Shred-A-Thon, scheduled for this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for the first time will include receipt of vaping devices and cartridges.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Diversion Control Program coordinates the annual program.
While vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted, DEA officials warn they cannot accept devices containing lithium batteries. The DEA will accept pills and patches but can’t accept liquids, needles or sharps.
Police will provide shredding barrels where individuals can properly discard any unwanted confidential documents; the limit is one legal-size box per family.
The fire department will pick up unwanted/unused prescription drugs for any disabled resident unable to drive to the drop-off locations. These individuals can contact fire personnel directly at 669-2256 to schedule a pick-up time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The three drop-off locations are:
Elliot Pharmacy at River’s Edge, 175 Queen City Ave.
New Hampshire National Guard Armory, 771 Canal St.
Walmart Supercenter, 725 Gold St.
The police department has partnered with Elliot Health Systems, Walmart and the New Hampshire National Guard Counter Drug Task Force to offer the drop-off locations.
The event will include food and beverages and a Touch-a-Truck event at police headquarters on Valley Street, weather permitting.
During the Drug Take Back Day in April, New Hampshire collected 14,180 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications.
Nationwide, 937,443 pounds (468.72 tons) were brought in, DEA officials reported.