Drug take-back nets 9,800 pounds of unwanted pills

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State officials say more than 9,800 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs were collected during a recent take-back event.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Wednesday that he's pleased with the public's response to prescription drug take-back day, which featured more than 100 collection sites throughout the state.

Officials say Alabama's first prescription drug take-back event was held in September of 2010. Since then, more than 34,400 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs have been collected.

The take-back event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and is focused on fighting prescription drug abuse.

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