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Drug take-back brings in many pills

October 29, 2013

Burbank police collected 220 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday at the department’s biannual drug take-back event, which was part of a nationwide effort to curb drug abuse and accidental poisonings, police said.

The load was enough to fill 14 large boxes with pills, which were handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for proper disposal, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

Flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them in the sink poses safety hazards, Ryburn added.

“Those are toxins; those end up in our waste-water system and could cause other issues,” he said. “This is an ongoing effort to recover those medications and dispose of them properly.”

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

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