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Newly installed signs ask drivers in NH to give to charities, not panhandlers

Signs have been installed across a New Hampshire city urging people not to give money to panhandlers and warning that a handout could lead to a lethal overdose. (WMUR via CNN Newsource)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Signs have been installed across a New Hampshire city urging people not to give money to panhandlers and warning that a handout could lead to a lethal overdose.

WMUR-TV reports that the signs in Manchester suggest donating to local charities instead and list the phone numbers of three.

Police Chief Nick Willard previously wrote a letter to the community saying donations are better directed to agencies that deal with homelessness, mental illness and addiction.

Willard said police records show that 24 people involved in panhandling overdosed from 2015 to June 1 of this year; six of them died.

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