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.
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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.