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Police: Drug Take Back Day success

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

An area police department collected nearly 100 pounds of prescription drugs during the National Drug Take Back program this weekend. Cedar Falls police say they collected 90 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday. 

"Which is probably a little less then we've had in the past, but we do offer drug take back 365 days all day long they can come in 24/7 and drop them off", said Lieutenant Tim Smith, Cedar Falls Police.

Police say if prescription drugs aren't properly thrown away they get in into the wrong hands. Cedar Falls Police are hoping that yesterday's effort was a step in helping fight the opioid epidemic. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use indicates 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. Surveys show most abused prescription drugs were taken from family and friends, from their home medicine cabinets.

"Disposing of them is very important because you don't want them to get in the wrong hands you don't want people using them that shouldn't be or selling them or putting some body else in danger," said Lieutenant Smith.

Days like the National Drug Take Back Day has given people and police hope that he drug epidemic will diminish.

"They were coming in here with bags full and that is important for us to knowing that those are off the street and no one is going to be in danger of those," said Lieutenant Smith. "I believe there is more out there and hopefully people continue to get rid of them."

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office also took part in the drug take back day yesterday. They report collecting a total of 10 boxes totaling 239 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medications 

If you couldn't make it to any of the drug take-back sites this weekends CLICK HERE to find out how you can dispose of the prescription drugs you have.

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