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      Over 7,000 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Collected in Nebraska for Take-Back Event

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      Officials say more than 7,000 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected in Nebraska alone during the national drug take-back event.

      Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday that the unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs were dropped off at designated sites across the state Saturday.

      About 215 pounds of pills were hauled away from Grand Island's Saint Francis Medical Center alone.

      The event, headed by the Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement officials, sought to give residents a way to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe manner.

      The medications are collected to help avoid abuse and illegal sales throughout the state, as a national survey found around six million Americans abuse prescription drugs.

      More than 35,000 pounds have been collected at sites in Nebraska since the first national take-back event in May 2011.

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