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Law enforcement agencies host 'Drug take back' initiative

Law enforcement agencies had several drop off locations for unused prescription drugs. Law enforcement agencies had several drop off locations for unused prescription drugs.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Law enforcement agencies took a lot of drugs from people Saturday, but it wasn't a bust. It was the 6th annual "Drug Take Back Day."

The national event allowed people to bring in their old or unwanted prescription medications so they could be disposed of. The Huntsville Police Department set up several locations for the drop offs.

Studies show prescription pill abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country.

"This is a great opportunity for the Partnership for a Drug Free Community organization along with local law enforcement, working together, allowing our community to come in to get rid of these unwanted, unused and outdated medications, to continue to keep the environment safe and also clean out those cupboards," said Dr. Harry Hobbs, Huntsville Police Department.

The Madison, Decatur, and Hartselle Police Departments, along with the Madison and Morgan County Sheriff's Offices also had prescription drug drop off sites Saturday.

Law enforcement agencies and in Huntsville and Madison County collected 480 pounds of prescription drugs.

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