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The public turned in more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs through 4,000 take back sites across the nation Sept. 25. Locally, community members dropped off their drugs at a booth set up in the parking lot at Los Alamos Medical Center.
“We had a great turnout, people brought us their expired prescription drugs as well as drugs from deceased family members that they didn’t know what to do with,” Det. Jeremy Duran said. “The pills we collected filled a container that was a foot and a half tall by a foot deep and a foot wide.”
Det. Ron Binion and Cpl. Monica Salazar and Cpl. Eric Wilhoit joined Duran at the LAPD booth to help process all the pills.
“We really want to thank the public for making this effort so successful, we intend to hold future ‘Take Back’ events,” Duran said. “People wishing to dispose of drugs now can go to the DEA Web site for advice on the proper disposal.”
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the nationwide event.
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