'Drug Take-Back' event yields 60 pounds of pills

-- Madera County Sheriff's OfficeMay 9, 2013 

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson today announced the Sheriff's Office collected 60 pounds of prescription medications and credits the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program for helping Madera keep these drugs out of circulation.

Unwanted prescription drugs were dropped off at the Sheriff's office last month. Two bins were provided to the public -- one at Sheriff's Headquarters on the valley floor, the other at the Sheriff's Substation in Oakhurst.

In all Northern California and Central Valley residents turned in a total of 18 tons (36,004 pounds) of unwanted and expired medications at 211 collection sites manned by 147 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day's purpose is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Both drop-off sites were staffed with sworn personnel from the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team.

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