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DEA collects 7,100 pounds of drugs at take-back

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The federal Drug Enforcement Administration collected more than 7,100 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications in Kentucky during a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

During last week's event, agents picked up 50 percent more pills than the previous year in the state.

In Kentucky, 72 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies partnered with DEA. They manned 92 collection sites that ranged from retail stores parking lots to police and fire departments. Kentucky's numbers have been on the rise since DEA started the National Drug Initiative in fall 2010 when 3,529 pounds were collected.

Nationally, more than 700,000 pounds of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at close to 6,000 locations staffed by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies partnering with DEA.

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