HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Saturday, authorities in Hawaii collected thousands of unwanted prescription drugs to help protect communities. It's part of the national Take Back initiative.
Federal officials set up collection sites statewide, where residents could turn in unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications. The program addresses the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, and the danger of accidental poisoning.
Robin Dinlocker, the DEA Special-Agent-in-Charge, "A lot of the older community is coming out and they've had a lot of old medications in their cupboard for some time."
Officials say prescription medications are quickly becoming the second most abused drugs in schools, right behind marijuana.