KENNEWICK -- The Drug Enforcement Administration said that Americans turned in more than 188 tons of old or unwanted medicines in a second daylong, nationwide effort aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and keeping the drugs out of the water supply.
In the Tri-Cities, about 400 pounds of prescription drugs, filling 10 boxes, were collected at the Kennewick police station, which served as the drop-off point for the area.
Sgt. Ken Lattin said 165 people brought in old prescriptions with an estimated street value of about $250,000.
The DEA said that the April 30 collection at more than 5,300 sites brought in 55 percent more drugs than the first "take-back" day in September.
When people dispose of unused prescriptions, they often flush the drugs down the toilet, potentially sending unwanted medicines into the water supply.
Authorities incinerate the drugs they collect.