National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Rochester

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"It takes education of our young people to make sure they don't become addicted in the first place", said Michael Dunavant, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

And once these pills are dropped off, it'll go to the DEA.

The DEA's Take Back Day encouraged people to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine.

The event is held twice a year.

During last fall's take-back day, ME officials collected 41,700 pounds of medications at 157 drop-off sites, more than any other New England state, according to the DEA.

Managing his own recovery for the last 13 years from prescription drug addiction, Bellan stresses the harm that popping pills for the wrong reasons can do. By the end of the four-hour collection period Saturday, the Back Cove parking lot drop-off volunteers had collected three large boxes of medications from 53 participants.

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"As you know, these drugs are addictive".

Many local law enforcement agencies took part.

"I used to take it to the VA or take it to the hospital but they're no longer accepting this", said Shad Morris, Tallahassee resident.

The medication drop boxes are open Monday through Friday.

Vernon Police Departments along with the Marion County Sheriff's Department are among the departments participating in the Saturday takeback unwanted prescription drugs program.

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