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Residents turn in 1,875 pounds of drugs

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana residents turned in more than 1,875 pounds of unused prescription drugs at state police posts as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s sixth Drug Take Back Event.

The initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by collecting unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs by encouraging people to drop the medications off at state police posts. The event was held in Indiana on Saturday.

Nationwide, 11.5 tons of drugs were dropped off this spring. The initial event in September of 2010 resulted in 2.4 tons of drugs being turned over.