On Saturday, law enforcement agencies across the US are fighting the opioid epidemic during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Law enforcement, pharmacies and other organizations across Minnesota are offering drop-off sites for unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Several agencies around the region including Bristol, and Kingsport also held drug take back day events.
There were drop off spots across the Coastal Bend. "You don't want to put them in the garbage, so when these opportunities come up you take advantage", said Debbie Rada who stopped into the Lakewood Police Department to drop off a large bag of pills. "So when they have this we're able to bring it here where we know it's safe and will be taken care of".
Communities like Lake County have seen the impact of getting rid of the drugs firsthand and launched their own version of the take back program in 2012.
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Unconventional methods of disposal, flushing medication down the drain, or throwing medication in the trash, have been known to damage the environment.
Snider said certain unused medications are screened and donated.
Kozal said that since the city police has had it's Red Med Box, about four months, it has been emptied seven times.
"We are just trying to eliminate the possibility of drugs that are laying around people's houses ending up in the wrong hands", said Officer Bryan Kerr. The box is similar to the Red Med Boxes.