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CTX authorities participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Oct 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-28 12:50:00-04

Police departments throughout Central Texas took in, old and unused prescription drugs Saturday.

They partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to safely collect and discard medications. 

It's part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It's the 14th event of its kind since the DEA started the program seven years ago.

For some, it's the best way to get rid of medications lying around the house.

"I don't like to have old medicines in the house. I have no children in the house, but I don't want the medicines to be disposed of other than properly ... by bringing them in," Woodway resident Billie Erkfitz.

She's not alone, according to the DEA. 

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs. Overall, the DEA and its partners have collected more than eight million pounds of pills since the program's inception.

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