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Law Enforcement Agencies Collect 160 Lbs. of Pills In Jackson County During Take Back Day

Law Enforcement Agencies Collect 160 Lbs. of Pills In Jackson County During Take Back Day

Posted: Oct 30, 2017 10:47 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.-- Jackson County law enforcement agencies had a good sweep from this weekend's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

People turn in unused pills to prevent them from getting on the streets.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office collected 60 pounds of pills in four hours.
Medford Police collected over 100 pounds of unwanted pills in three hours.

This past Saturday was the 14th Take Back event law enforcement agencies participated in across the country.

The Take Back Days are twice a year, in April and October.

This past April-- 57 agencies in Oregon collected over 12,000 pounds of unwanted medications.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Julie Denney says, "A lot of times people will be prescribed a medication and not finish it or they'll be prescribed a different medication and they don't need it anymore, so instead of flushing it or throwing it away, this is a way they can dispose of it without causing any problems. It's medication that doesn't get in our landfills, in our water supply and it’s not left in homes where kids or others can get to it."

If you missed the event you don’t have to wait until next April or October to discard your unused pills.

Local law enforcement agencies have pill drop boxes available year-round.
The pills go to the DEA which disposes of them safely.

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