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Results: drug take back day

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National Drug Take Back Initiative took place  last Saturday and the results in.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics director John Dowdy said that during the National Drug Take Back Initiative 3,057 pounds of drugs were dropped off at various locations across the state.

“Last year in Mississippi, there were over 201 million dosage units that were dispensed in the state,” said Dowdy. “That’s enough where every person in the state could have had a bottle of about 70 pills each.”

Dowdy said that getting however many drugs that they can off the street is their main goal.

“You think about a bottle of pills that doesn’t weigh very much and you think about 3,000 plus pounds of prescription medication that was turned in, what that does is it keeps it out of the hands of children and teenagers,” said Dowdy.

He added that the DEA hosts two national drug take back days a year. One in the spring and one in the fall however, he said that if someone has unused prescription drugs they can drop them off at any highway patrol drivers license testing station.

“We don’t care who you are, or what your name is, just drop the drugs off and keep them out of your house if you’re not going to use them,” said Dowdy.

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