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City getting ready for drug "take back" day

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Prescription drugs are increasingly becoming the new choice for people looking for a cheap high.

The drug take back program was designed to prevent some drug abuse, and keep the chemicals in prescriptions from getting into waterways. Last September, four and a half tons of old pills were collected in Washington State alone. And in Kennewick, Yakima, and Walla Walla 503 pounds were brought in.

Kennewick police say they were slammed with people last year, and hope to have the same turn out this Saturday.

"A lot of times, people would take medications because maybe they've been using it for a while and stop using it. It becomes outdated. So, there is that opportunity for somebody to take those medications if they're the narcotic type and be able to abuse them," explains Mike Blatman of the Kennewick Police Department.

Police believe more people will participate because of the increasing popularity in prescription drugs.

In Kennewick, you can drop off your old pills at the Kennewick Police Department on 6th Avenue. In Yakima, you can go to the Yakima Police Department on South 3rd. And in Walla Walla, go to the Walla Walla Police Department on North 3rd.

The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. It's free and you can remain anonymous.