Officials Collect Unused, Unwanted Prescription Drugs

Not sure what to do with your unused or unwanted prescription medication? Well officials want to make sure those drugs don't get into the wrong hands.

Saturday the Greenville Police Department and the DEA teamed up for an event at the Greenville Town Common in honor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

During the event officials collected drugs that were no longer needed or expired. The DEA will then dispose of the drugs in a safe way to keep the medicine out of the city's water supply and out of the hands of substance abusers.

Officials say those drugs could also potentially be a health risk for children. Adam Leggett with Greenville Police said, "Kids are really bad about getting into their parents medicine cabinets trying stuff for the first time. They see Mom and Dad and they want to do it too. There are a lot of health risks involved in that, so we want to alleviate that as much as possible."

Back in April, the DEA took back 276 tons of medication across the country through drug disposal sites. Sites in the east were also organized in New Bern and Kinston.

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