Alaskans turn in unused medications

Posted: Monday, September 27, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Police and drug enforcement officers on Saturday in 46 locations around Alaska participated in the first Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

It's a national program to get rid of potentially dangerous prescription and over-the-counter medication.

The Fairbanks Police Department after four hours had collected two large boxes of drugs in the department lobby.

Sitka's disposal site was the Alaska Public Safety Academy.

KTUU reports a drop-off point at the Alaska Native Medical Center collected about 200 pounds of pills.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says use of controlled substances has increased sevenfold in Alaska since 2005.

Alaska State Troopers say many teens who abuse prescription drugs steal them from medicine cabinets.



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