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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- About 90 Alabama law enforcement agencies took part in recent prescription drug take-back events and collected 7,531 pounds of drugs, according to the Attorney General's Office.

Across the state there were more than 100 collection sites that got thousands of pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs off the streets, Attorney General Luther Strange stated in a press release.

 "Our law enforcement agencies dedicated their time and hard work to this important project for keeping our communities safer, and citizens answered their call," he said.

Since the launch of take-back events in September 2010, more than 32,183 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected.

Strange said the program continues to increase in the number of participating agencies and partners and in the amount of drugs collected. This year marked the most collection sites and the disposal of the most medication of any year.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially dangerous medicines that have expired or are no longer needed for those whom these controlled substances were prescribed.

 "We have been encouraged by the continued positive response of agencies and citizens throughout Alabama who have responded with their support and participation," Strange said. "This is an important and basic step to fight drug abuse and drug-related crimes, by assisting in the removal of potentially dangerous controlled substances from our homes.

"Many of us have out-dated prescriptions that are too easily accessible to children and others," he continued. "These drugs can also be the target of home invasions and burglaries.  The people of Alabama have been acting to protect their homes and communities by locating medicines that are out of date or no longer needed, and bringing them in for safe and proper disposal, and we are all made safer by these efforts."

Updated May 22 at 4:19 p.m. to correct the number of prescription drugs collected. The Attorney's General's Office originally sent out the wrong numbers.

By Erin Edgemon | eedgemon@al.com AL.com
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on May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM, updated May 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

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