HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department along with the Drug Enforcement Agency collected a large amount of prescription drugs Saturday.
The two departments collaborated on a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. People brought all kinds of unwanted medication to the police department. HPD wanted to give the whole community a chance to properly dispose of their old medications.
"If you have a lot of prescription drugs left over in your cabinet that you're not using and kids can have access, or you know, the biggest thing is keeping them away from them and keeping them out of their hands," says Officer Kyle Stuart. "If there expired and have been expired for a long time and you still try to use those prescription drugs, they can be harmful to your body and possibly cause death."
In the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, citizens turned in a record-breaking 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications at the take-back sites available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
With the total results of the four Take-Back Days, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds of medications.