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DEA, local law enforcement host drug take back day

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PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Pine Belt law enforcement agencies teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to collect old or unused medication Saturday as part of a nationwide program to get dangerous drugs off the streets.  

A Drug Take Back program takes place twice each year. 

Residents are encouraged to bring in their outdated or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter drugs to participating local law enforcement agencies.

They will accept them, no questions asked, and turn them over to the DEA for proper disposal. 

Police departments in Petal, Hattiesburg and Laurel were among those participating in the program. 

 "We've had a very good turnout," said Casey Walley, a detective with the Petal Police Department. "So far, we have collected two big boxes full today."  

"It eliminates the possibility of being ingested, whether accidentally by a child or on purpose by somebody who might be an addict of some sort," said Tommy Cox, a captain with the Laurel Police Department. 

There were nearly 5,000 collection sites across the country Saturday participating in the drug take back program.    

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