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With the increase in prescription drug use, it comes as little surprise that more of these medications were turned in during the latest National Take Back Day.
Ohio set a new state record by disposing of 28,466 pounds, or more than 14 tons, of medication. Kansas natives also safely removed 11,687 pounds of drugs, up by 1,500 pounds from 2010. Wisconsin residents set a record in the state by dropping off 50,485 pounds of prescription medication at 180 collection sites, while Iowa residents did the same by disposing of 8,840 pounds of drugs at 123 collection sites.
West Virginia also set another record by disposing of 6,211 pounds of unused medication at 130 sites across the state, while law enforcement agencies in Maine collected 27,040 pounds of prescription drugs across the state. Numerous counties and towns across the country also reported record numbers of disposals.