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Mayo Clinic, Rochester Police Department take back unwanted prescription drugs

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Police Department teamed up over the weekend to help southeastern Minnesota residents properly dispose of hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.

Volunteers collected old prescriptions and other medications from the community, as part of a national Take Back Initiative. This weekend's event is one of two times during the year when community members are invited to anonymously drop off any drugs.

According to Mayo Clinic, more than 1100 cars drove through the circle drive of the Gonda Building to participate in the event.

"It's important because we don't want the medicine to fall into the wrong hands and we don't want it to get in the drinking water supply. If you throw it down the drain then medication ends up in our drinking water supply. If you throw it out then people might go through your garbage and take the medication out," pharmacist Denise Nesbitt, a volunteer at the event, said.

Organizers say this year's initiative collected a total of 2,017-pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.

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