People toss old pills for 'Dump Your Drugs' - WNEM TV 5

People toss old pills for 'Dump Your Drugs'

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People tossed their old pills into a bin marked for the incinerator for Dump Your Drugs Wednesday. The event is aimed at getting unwanted prescription drugs off the streets.

"What we're trying to do really is raise awareness," Michelle Beeck, community educator for the Community Alliance 4 Youth Success said. "We really want to get those prescription drugs, used and expired, out of cabinets."

Beeck added prescription abuse by minors has become a huge problem.

"What has happened is that the youth are getting into medicine cabinets, grandma and grandpa's, friends, maybe even their own medicine cabinets and they're taking medications that are not prescribed to them," she said.

Events like Dump Your Drugs help take those prescriptions out of minors' reach. This year alone, Beeck said roughly 2,000 pounds of drugs have already been dumped.

"That's what Dump Your Drugs is all about," Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson said. "Let's get the medications that people don't need, and let's get them destroyed."

Stephenson said events like this also give people the opportunity to get rid of prescriptions the right way.

"You don't want to flush them down the toilet or throw them in the backyard or throw them in a trash can," he said. "The way we do it when we collect these drugs, we're able to dispose of them properly so it doesn't harm the environment."

Prescriptions can be tossed at any time at the Law Enforcement Center located at 2727 Rodd St. in Midland.

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