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April 30, 2013

More than 700 pounds of medications collected in Sedgwick County

More than 700 pounds of unused medications were collected Saturday at three drop-off sites in Sedgwick County.

More than 700 pounds of unused medications were collected Saturday at three drop-off sites in Sedgwick County.

The collection was part of an annual national initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 724 pounds of medications were collected.

Federal authorities say nationwide about 1.5 billion doses of prescription drugs go unused each year, which can lead to accidents and dangerous misuse. All of the drugs collected Saturday were placed in a secure box for destruction by the DEA.

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