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Drug take back box installed in Peterborough

  • Peterborough Police Captain Ernie Belletete demonstrates how the department’s new drug take back box will operate. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The Peterborough Police Department, 100+ Women Who Care and the Be the Change Behavioral Health Task Force celebrated the installation of a new drug take back box. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Left to right: LeeAnn Clark, Carol Nelson, Sharon Smith, Deb Heckathorn, Mary Drew, Kate McPherson, Natalie Neilson, Laura Gingras, Tricia Wadleigh, Hope Driscoll, who are all members of either the Be the Change Behavioral Health Task Force or 100+ Women Who Care, and Chief Scott Guinard cut the ribbon on the department’s new drug take back box on Wednesday. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Peterborough Police Department, the Be the Change Behavioral Health Task Force and 100+ Women Who Care cut the ribbon on a new drug take back box at the police station on Wednesday.

“We’ve already had people using it,” said Police Chief Scott Guinard. “We had one lady come by with a trash bag full.”

The prescription takeback box will be available to the community to drop off their prescription drugs when they are no longer needed. This will be the first takeback box to be installed in the Eastern Monadnock region and Western Hillsborough County.

The 100+ Women Who Care in Peterborough funded the purchase of the box and the disposal of drugs for the next five years. 

While Peterborough will now be accepting prescription drugs for destruction year-round, many local departments participate in national take-back initiative days. Residents can drop of their unwanted prescriptions from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Peterborough has reached out to Jaffrey and Rindge departments to have them encourage their residents to use Peterborough’s box as well. 

The next national take-back day is April 29. Check with your local law enforcement agency to see if they will be participating.

Do not flush drugs down the toilet, as it can affect the water supply.