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Disposing of unused prescription drugs can prevent crime

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and the Kennewick Police Department had over one hundred people bring in their unused medicines. But many people still don't understand just why it's so important to get rid of those drugs.

At Saturday's Prescription Drug Take Back event, the Kennewick Police packed up over three hundred pounds of prescription drugs to be disposed of at an incinerator in Spokane.

The Take Back is a great way to get rid of old medicines but it also could prevent crime. Prescription drugs are becoming increasingly popular to be abused and sold on the street. Police say anyone coming through your house could take them, from babysitters, house cleaners, to your kids friends.Some people are even targeted for break-ins because thieves know they have drugs.

"People won't think about disposing of their old prescription medicine, not even knowing that it could be something that's very lucrative on the street. They're subject to their children getting into it. They're subject to people coming over and stealing it," says Corporal Todd Dronen, Kennewick Police Department.

Corporal Dronen says if you have prescriptions then you should manage them by keeping track of what's in the medicine cabinet and how much.

He also Says it's especially important to be careful where you keep pain killers because they are the most commonly abused. He recommends getting rid of all prescriptions if they're not being used.