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Drug Take Back Day collects pounds of medication

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SHREVEPORT La. -

If you've got old or unwanted prescription drugs, Saturday was the time to get rid of them safely.

It was Drug Take Back Day and law enforcement agencies across the nation came together to provide a way for people to hand over their unwanted prescription drugs.

People could drop off old prescriptions at Caddo Sheriff's Safety Town in Shreveport.

Officials say the day provides a venue for the public to dispose of the drugs in an environmentally friendly way, as well as keep them out of the hands of criminals.

"We do this twice a year. The next one will be in April 2014," Cpl. Wayne Petterway with S.P.D. said. "Once you turn these drugs in that you aren't using, they won't be used on the street illegally."

Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

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