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Residents urged to take unused prescription drugs to police

This weekend is your chance to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. This weekend is your chance to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

(WMC-TV) - This weekend is your chance to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Prescription medication is an increasing target for abusers, and law enforcement officers are asking citizens to clear out their cabinets.

Little pills can become a giant problem when in the wrong hands.

"Second to marijuana, prescription drugs are the most abused drugs by statistics nationwide," said Olive Branch Police Department Maj. Danny Vasser.

Pain killers, anti-depressants and muscle relaxers are commonly prescribed by doctors, but Vasser said when they go unused or expire, the idle jar can be a target for temptation.

"Kids are getting into the medicine cabinets and pulling out prescription medication, maybe trying to get lunch money or whatever the case may be," Vasser said.

To combat the problem, Olive Branch police are participating in the national prescription drug take back day.

"There's less chance that teens could find them in the medicine cabinets and possibly take them into the schools and maybe sell them or abuse them themselves," said Vasser.

Police say abusers often go after the prescription drugs for powerful side effects, but may not know what they're taking.

Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Olive Branch police will be outside the station to take prescriptions back.

"There's no questions asked, we don't ask personal information, you just drop the prescriptions into the box," said Vasser.

There are also other agencies participating in the drop off Saturday. Click_here for the location nearest you.

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