National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Unused medications in homes helped fuel the heroin and opioid crisis that has gripped ME and other states.

The DEA's Take Back Day encouraged people to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine. Residents have the chance to hand over old prescriptions and rid their homes of potentially risky medications if they get into the wrong hands.

"Well, I think people are always looking for an opportunity to get rid of their medications in their home".

The Drug Take-Back is put on twice a year - once in April and again in October.

"Anything we can do to get one pill off the street to maybe save one life, that's what we're looking to do", said Lt. David Hines of the Bartlett Police Department.

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Police say the drugs go through a chain of custody before being placed in barrels of gasoline to be destroyed.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are battling the opioid epidemic through National Drug Take Back day.

On Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. they set up drop off sites for people to take their unwanted or expired prescription drugs, no questions asked.

Meridian, Marion and Meridian Community College police along with Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department collected 100 pounds of prescription medicines at the take-back.

"We're just trying to make sure that we provide a safe disposal for those so that those can't get into the hands of drug users and/or criminals", said Sgt. Joel Gaston.