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Clay Deputies haul in hundreds of pounds of unwanted drugs

Some of the drugs collected by Clay County Deputies
Some of the drugs collected by Clay County Deputies
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Updated: 1/25 9:26 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County Deputies say a drug take back event on Saturday was their most successful yet.

So many people brought in expired or unwanted prescription drugs at the fourth Clay County Drug Take Back, they filled nine large boxes. The total haul weighed about 345 pounds.

Detective Ben Simmons says the purpose of the drug take-backs is to keep medicines out of the hands of teens and others who may take them. The goal is "Just getting the medication out of people's houses, so they're not victims of crimes within their home. People coming in, maybe doing work inside a home for them, maybe see the opportunity of prescription drugs there," Simmons said.

The drugs are incinerated, which keeps them out of the public drinking water supply.

Clay County plans another drug take back event in April.
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