Kauai puts a dent in drug misuse in 15th annual Drug Take Back Day

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Kauai Police Department on Tuesday released the results of Saturday's 15th Annual Drug Take Back Day.

In a combined effort with Life's Choices Kauai, authorities with KPD say they collected 273 pounds of unused or expired medications and drugs.

"The rising abuse of prescription medications, which often leads to further addictions, is a very serious concern both nationally and right here at home," said Kauai Deputy Chief Michael Contrades."By providing a safe means to dispose of these medications, Drug Take Back Day is one way that law enforcement agencies and our community partners are working to prevent drug use misuse on Kauai."

Drug Take Back Day is part of a national effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to educate people on how to dispose of medications and drugs properly and safely.

Improper disposal of medications and drugs could result in health and environmental hazards.

Last fall, more than 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,300 Take Back Day sites that were operated by the DEA, in conjunction with nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.

Over 9 million pounds of pills have been turned in during the previous 14 Drug Take Back Day events, according to the DEA.

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