Local authorities take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


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"Obviously this day is proving that there's a lot of drugs out there that we need to be disposing of properly", he said. "All prescription medications-especially addictive opioid painkillers-should be disposed of safely to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands".

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is hosted twice a year, in April and in October.

According to a 2015 Survey by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, more than 6 million Americans abused controlled drugs.

Unwanted, unused or expired prescription pills were coming in by the bucket load in Vestavia Hills.

For the first time, the Altoona Police Department hosted a Drug Take Back event. This came in handy for Sandra Diers who lives in the Village of Edgar; she was able to walk to the library and drop them off.

Officials said almost 4,000 pounds of prescriptions were returned in Alaska alone, during the event in October of 2017.

The drugs are taken to a safe place until they can be incinerated and destroyed. "It is just an opportunity for them to get rid of that and dispose of it, without any worries", said William Schrom, Chemung County Undersheriff. "That's not good", she said. "Our goal is to take as many of those off the street as we can", Barnes said. "If they think there may be drugs in the house, they may try to break in".

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