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Forum staff reports, Published April 29 2013

Moorhead drug disposal collects 134 pounds

MOORHEAD – A one-day prescription drug take-back program collected more than 134 pounds this past Saturday, according to a police lieutenant.

Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the program, a partnership between city police, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Moorhead’s Walgreens, has over the past three years collected 318 pounds of prescription medications.

Jacobson said drugs that stay in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, and that medication abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.

Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs come from the home medicine cabinet, Jacobson said.

A free, anonymous medicine drop box in the Moorhead Law Enforcement Center at 915 9th Ave. N. is available for voluntary drug drop-offs for disposal.

Jacobson said the box, which was introduced in April 2010, has taken in more than 700 pounds of prescription drugs to date.

He said allowing police to burn unneeded prescriptions is safer than throwing away drugs or flushing them, which can put drugs into water supplies.