Over the last two years, the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take Back Day has kept more than 1 and a half million pounds of prescription drugs out of the wrong hands.
Sioux City Police have been taking part in the program for the past two years. They were out again today, at five different locations throughout the city, to collect unwanted and expired medication. They say this year, they netted 112 pounds worth of old drugs.
"Well if it gets into our water system, it's harder for our water treatment plants to filter those chemicals out of our drinking water. Everyone knows what happens if it gets into the hands of children. Young children can take those pills and get very sick or injured," Sioux City Police Officer Brad Gorter said.
Gorter, also says, if you missed the event today, you can still bring in your expired drugs to the Sioux City Police Headquarters downtown.
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