DEA collects over 700lbs of prescription drugs

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The nationwide fight against opioid abuse continues, getting those unused prescription drugs out of homes, and stopping them from being sold on the streets is top priority for law enforcement.

People dropped off their old prescriptions in their "DEA Drug Take Back Event" which they hold twice a year.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. people could anonymously drop off their prescriptions, with no questions asked at the Southport Volunteer Fire Department, West Elmira Fire Department and Elmira Savings Bank.

"We had a woman come in today, whose husband had passed away in November shortly after the October take back day", said Wesley Russel, a DEA agent and task force officer who works extensively in the Greenville area.

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Items accepted included prescription and over-the-counter pills, vitamins, medicated ointments and lotions and pet medication. NJCR offers a series of programs statewide, including free family education workshops and insurance navigation community workshops.

"Unfortunately, young people who are addicted to opioids often obtain medication from the medicine cabinet of someone they know", said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Kozal said that since the city police has had it's Red Med Box, about four months, it has been emptied seven times.

"We're just trying to make sure that we provide a safe disposal for those so that those can't get into the hands of drug users and/or criminals", said Sgt. Joel Gaston.

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