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Help end prescription drug abuse by raiding your cabinets

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

National Drug Take Back Week is underway and metro area law enforcement agencies are at the forefront of efforts to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of criminals.        
"We're seeing a lot also of the pain pills and the mood depressants," said Madison/Rankin Counties Asst. District Attorney Bryan Buckley.

 During "Take Back Your Meds Day" in Madison people drove up to drop off their unused and expired prescription drugs. 

Filling the collection box are highly addictive drugs like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Xanax and more.

Saturday cars lined up on the Tulane campus to get rid of the old drugs cluttering their medicine cabinets.

"This will cut down on the prescription drugs that get sold in school, the prescription drugs that are out there on the streets and the main thing too is we want to keep it out of our water supply. You don't want to flush it. You don't want to throw it away," said Buckley.

On April 24th a man entered an unlocked garage door at reservoir area home with a child inside alone.

According to the Rankin County Sheriff's Department, the intruder raided the cabinets and stealing prescription pain pills.

The 12 year old was not injured.

"A lot of time people are breaking into homes and committing other crimes because they become addicted to pain killers or anti-depressant drugs and they'll break into homes," added Buckley. "They'll go break into medicine cabinets. They'll also pretend to be interested in looking at a home and they'll go in split up and the realtor doesn't know which one to go with and these are couples that go in and they know to hit a medicine cabinet immediately".

More than 66 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in last year in Madison.

Saturday's drug drop off was held in conjunction with Keep Madison Beautiful and the Shred It and Recycling programs. 

The DEA is behind this national push to properly dispose of prescription drugs.

The next Take Back your Meds event will be held in October. 

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