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Many collect pills as part of nationwide drug take back program

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

Across the nation, many have participated in a drug take back program. The Heartland took full advantage of that on Saturday. 

We caught up with stations in Jackson County at the Health Department and in Cape Girardeau at the West Park Mall.

There were also many others taking part in this program throughout the Heartland counties. 

In Cape, there was a steady stream of people that dropped off prescriptions and medicine not needed anymore.

This program minimizes children and adults to abuse medications that aren't for them. 

Many times the medicine is held onto and left sitting to where others can have access to. These pills and other medications have been taken by people that don't need them.

Some take it to get a buzz, and have caused overdosing at times. 

Over the last several years, communities in the Heartland have collected many pounds of medicine and have seen a climb in people getting rid of them.

EPIC (Early Prevention Impacts Community) was also in Cape helping with the collection.

They also informed people of the dangers that come along with abusing medicine.

Their mission is to build a healthy and safe community, reducing the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs while promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth in Southeast Missouri. 

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at roughly 5,500 sites.

That along with previous years, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds of pills. 

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