Thousands of pounds of drugs collected during national drug 'Take Back Day'

Thousands of pounds of drugs collected during national drug 'Take Back Day'

It takes treatment. It takes prevention. They don't want it to fall in the hands of somebody else ya know, younger people or whoever.

All drugs collected at Saturday's event are taken to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal. The drugs are boxed up and will be picked up by the DEA next week, along with the pills collected Saturday.

"We have had a drop off before in the city, but not to the extent we have now", said Tim Kozal, City of Manistee Department of Public Safety Director.

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Some people drove up and simply rolled down a auto window to hand over a single bottle of pills, while others parked their vehicles and toted large bags of medications to the collection point.

Fleischhauer dropped off pills her late father had been prescribed. But, they were able to dispose of thousands of pounds of drugs.

"Something that's unwanted or unneeded or expired, instead of flushing it down the toilet, you can drop it off at any of our take-back locations, and it will be incinerated", he added. It ends up in the water supply.

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Knight and her fellow volunteer nurses said they had been working with Portland police since the program's inception.

She takes comfort in knowing she and others did their part to make their communities a little safer. During the one-day effort in October, 456 tons of medications were collected across the country. Previous year nearly 100- thousand pounds of pills were collected nationwide.

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