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National Prescription Take Back Day held around the country

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Law enforcement across the country were giving citizens the chance to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of expired and unused drugs.

Today was national prescription drug take back day. The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department and Marshfield Clinic teamed up to offer Eau Claire residents the opportunity to drop off their expired drugs. The program is aimed at helping people responsibly get rid of their drugs and to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.

"It gives the community a chance to bring back their prescription drugs and make sure their in a legal fashion, "said Patrol Deputy John Gunderson  "and so they don't fall into abusers hand or illegally used or end up in the ground water or in the environment."

Organizers estimate they will gather over one hundred pounds of drugs at the Eau Claire drop off. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency a total of more than 60,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected across the state between two drop off dates last year. 

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