Drop off drugs for safety

By Kelly McCarthy

April 27, 2013 Updated Apr 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Piles of unused and leftover medications filled the Broome County Sheriff's Office in a nationwide effort to combat prescription drug abuse.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

It's sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.

The administration collects all of the unused drugs and disposes of them.

The Broome County Sheriffs Office saw more than 40 households drop off medications within the first hour of Saturday's event.

"Keeping your pills out of the hands of younger kids and teenagers is very important," said Broome County Detective John Harder. "As well as protecting our environment and keeping the pills from contaminating our waterways."

In case you missed out on the nationwide drug take back event, the sheriff's office has a drop box for prescription pills that's available during regular office hours.

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