Drug take back event in Lawrence draws record

Prescription drugs (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – A drug take back event in Douglas County has drawn a record response.

Lawrence law enforcement officials say they collected a record 875 pounds of unused prescription drugs Saturday as part of a nationwide “Drug Take-Back Day.”

Lt. Steve Lewis, Douglas County sheriff spokesman, said last year the Drug Take-Back Day collected 300 pounds of unwanted prescription medicine.

Federal authorities say nationwide about 1.5 billion doses of prescription drugs go unused each year, which can lead to accidents and dangerous misuse. All of the drugs collected Saturday were placed in a secure box for destruction by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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