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APD collects unwanted medications

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ALEXANDRIA (KALB News Channel 5) --  The Alexandria Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies helped residents properly dispose of their unwanted prescription medications Saturday.

It was a part of "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

In an effort to keep prescriptions from ending up on the streets or in the wrong hands, APD and the Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up with the drop off program.

Residents could bring in their unwanted pills with no questions asked.

Police say, often times, people don't know the proper way to dispose of them.

"If you're like most people, you probably do not read the entire label on the prescription that you got, so a lot of times people don't know the proper way to dispose of their medications," said Lt. Bruce Fairbanks of the Alexandria Police Department. "So, it's better than dumping it in the toilet or washing it down the sink or throwing it in the trash. At that point, it could become a dangerous narcotic for a child. This offers a safe convenient way to dispose of your medications properly."

APD says if you missed the drug drop off program and are unsure of how to dispose of your medications the proper way, you can give them a call with your questions.
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