Drug take-back event keeps medicine off the streets

Drug take-back event keeps medicine off the streets

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on April 27, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 9:14 AM

MERIDIAN -- Since 2010, local law enforcement has partnered with Drug Enforcement Administration in helping thousands of American communities to dispose of over two-million pounds of expired prescription drugs.

Over the weekend, the DEA partnered up with local law enforcement to offer a no questions asked, no cost for folks to come in and empty out their medicine cabinets and return unwanted prescription medicine.

The goal is to keep this medicine off the streets.

This drug take-back event has been done a number of years in a row and we are told that last year they were given 4,000 pounds for the state of Idaho.

"And its been highly successful and the feedback is you know thank you for this opportunity to allow us a safe and convenient way to dispose of this medicine," said Bill Lutz from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high and more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.

For more information on disposing of medications, visit the City of Boise's Curbit program.

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