Regional group collects nearly 3,000 pounds of old meds

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LONDON, Ky. (AP) – The anti-drug coalition made up of several eastern Kentucky counties says it has collected nearly 3,000 pounds of old prescription medications.

Operation UNITE said in a release that its annual Drug Take-Back Day collected pills brought in for disposal from citizens. Many prescription meds that don’t get thrown away are often abused by family members and friends.

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UNITE president Nancy Hale says it was the largest amount of pills the group has ever collected.

The drug take-back effort was held on Saturday around the country. UNITE’s collection surpassed the previous record by more than 600 pounds.

UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, is made up of citizens groups and community leaders in 32 southern and eastern Kentucky counties.


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