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Boxes of prescription medicine turned in on annual Drug Take Back Day

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

On Saturday, Hawaii residents had the chance to clean out their medicine cabinets through proper disposal methods. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration held the 12th annual Drug Take Back Day. 

It's a national effort to get people with unused or expired prescriptions to turn their medications in. Doing so will reduce the risk of prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands.

There were several drop off sites across the state. 

Officials say proper drug disposal also prevents medications from going in the garbage or water sources, which could pose a health hazard.

"In the beautiful state of Hawaii, you don't want these prescription drugs or drugs of any sort in the water system, and you don't even want to throw them away traditionally because leakage can get into the soil and eventually get into water," John Callery with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.  

Authorities are still adding up the amount of medication that was turned in Saturday.

Another take back day will be held sometime this fall.

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