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More than 1,000 pounds of old, unused prescription drugs get turned in

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you had unused or expired prescription drugs around the house, Saturday was the day to turn them in at various locations around the state as part of the national Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.

People were able to drop off their drugs, no questions asked.

According to officials, the program aims to keep unused drugs off the street, out of the hands of minors, and from polluting the environment.

"Within an hour and a half, we collected about seven to eight boxes of prescription drugs and they are pretty large boxes," said Angela Ka'iwikoamo'oho'ihou of the state Attorney General's office. "Later on our narcotics division will weigh them and will find out the actual weight of prescription drugs that have been coming in."

Authorities said that since late April, nearly 1,300 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected statewide.

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