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Cops take back drugs

May 3rd, 2013 - 5:23am

(Port Angeles) -- Port Angeles-area law enforcement combined efforts to take in unused, expired or unneeded medications during the 4th annual "Free National Drug Take Back Day."

Last Saturday, The Port Angeles Police Department and The Clallam County Sheriff's Office collected 64.6 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs in the parking lot of the Clallam County Court House.

Last year, the program took in 200 pounds of medications while set up at Jim's Pharmacy in Port Angeles and the Sequim Police Department. Law enforcement officials attribute this year's drop to on-going education through neighborhood watch groups and other community outreach programs.

Typically, when these types of medications go unused in a person's home, they become a risk factor for other people in the residence, especially children. Rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental overdoses and poisonings are still alarmingly high. Proper disposal of these types of medications is also an environmental issue. Drugs that are flushed down the drain or placed into garbage containers have the potential to harm animals and the environment.

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