Police collect unwanted prescription drugs

Police collect unwanted prescription drugs

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Utah. That's why on Saturday police across the Wasatch Front rounded up unwanted medicine.
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Utah. That's why on Saturday police across the Wasatch Front rounded up unwanted medicine.

Police collected drugs at Smith’s Grocery stores. Officers said it’s to prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands.

“If there are narcotics that they can be stolen in burglaries or other thefts and sold,” said Sgt. Gary Young, Cottonwood Heights Police.

Young said the program is also to protect the environment. “We don't want them to be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage because they'll eventually make it to our landfill and in our water,” he said.

The first year of the program, Young said officers collected 900 pounds of medicine. Once the drugs are collected, Young said police box them up and make sure they are properly destroyed in an incinerator.

If you couldn't make it to the round-up, there are drop off bins located across the state. Click here for more information.

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