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Prescription Drug Take Back Events On The Rise

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Prescription drug abuse kills more than twice as many people as drunk drivers in Colorado. That’s why prescription drug take back events are on the rise.

Bottles of pills and other unused prescription drugs were collected in Aurora and all over the Denver metro area Saturday. It’s part of yet another drug take back event, keeping the materials from falling into the wrong hands.

“I wanted to do this because I didn’t want to throw it in the trash and I didn’t want to throw it in the toilet,” Susan Barocas said.

Saturday’s event allowed people to discard of their prescriptions with no questions asked. The events are important in helping prevent prescription drug abuse and water contamination.

Local agencies made the event simple. Drivers pulled up to a drug take back location and handed over their prescriptions.

“I just like to see how people are reassured to bring their meds out and know they’re doing the right thing,” volunteer Steve Perry said. “Overall it’s just a good community safety program when you see all the narcotics people are bringing in.”

Bringing the drugs in keeps them off the streets.

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