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Hundreds of old prescriptions destroyed

By KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 28, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.


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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Hundreds of prescriptions were dropped off to police Saturday as part of the effort to keep them away from those to whom they were not prescribed.

Police collected the prescriptions and will turn them over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, who will them incinerate them. Law enforcement, health officials and the Coalition for Drug Free Youth urge people with expired and unused prescriptions to dispose of them correctly. They can be a danger to everyone in a home, not just children.

The idea of prescription drop offs has taken hold, says Coalitions for Drug Free Youth's Rob Timmerman, in part because of the awareness of the danger of the drugs.

"We are seeing (a lot of) people less likely to share their meds and less likely to give their prescription to somebody else who doesn't have the prescription to use them," Timmerman said.

For those who missed the drop off event, many police stations have drug "take back bins." Contact your police department for more information.

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