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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper plans to talk to police chiefs from around the state about a new DNA law and fighting prescription drug abuse.

Cooper is meeting with the chiefs Monday morning at their annual winter conference in Asheville.

Cooper will encourage police to take advantage of a new law starting Feb. 1 that allows them to take DNA samples from people arrested for some felonies and misdemeanors.

Cooper says a previous law allowing DNA to be collected from all convicted felons in North Carolina helped solve hundreds of crimes.

Cooper also will ask local police to join him for a program in March to encourage people to turn in old prescription drugs that could be abused.

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