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Police collect unwanted prescription drugs

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected at the Kennewick Police Department Saturday. 

Last September law enforcement across the country collected 121 tons of prescription drugs, and police say they have doubled that number.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and KPD provided the service for free in hopes of preventing pill abuse and protecting the environment.

‘Sometimes they just dump them in the trash can or in the water systems and that contaminates, in a very critical way, the environment and water systems," says Reinaldo Lopez, Drug Enforcement Administration.

Kennewick Police say they will have another collection in about six months.