National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Hopes to Cut into Opioid Epidemic

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"Antibiotics and stuff my mom no longer takes", McDow said.

If you were looking to get rid of all of those unwanted prescriptions sitting around the house, Saturday was just the day for you.

And once these pills are dropped off, it'll go to the DEA.

"Over 70 percent of the time when people start abusing those painkillers, they did not directly get them from a doctor and they did not get them from a traditional street-level drug dealer".

During previous Drug Take-Back events, Los Angeles-area residents have turned in thousands of pounds of medicines.

MCSO set up out front of the AMC theatre on Whittlesey to collect the old and unused drugs.

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Elly stopped by the police station to drop off unwanted pet prescriptions.

The event, which is held twice a year-once in April and once in October-has become an important tool in the fight against the opioid crisis.

"A lot of people go through dumpsters if you throw them away".

Managing his own recovery for the last 13 years from prescription drug addiction, Bellan stresses the harm that popping pills for the wrong reasons can do.

But, locally Sioux Falls law enforcement and local pharmacies have established year-round locations across the state.

Along with Gadsden County and Wakulla County Sheriff's Office, the Tallahassee Police Department collected bags from the community filled with dozens of prescription drugs.

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