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More than 1,000 pounds of drugs dropped off

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People across the state are dropping off drugs, more than 1,000 pounds in Marathon County alone. It's part of an effort to get unused prescription drugs off the streets.

"Drug Take Back Day" happens twice a year where officers collected drugs over the weekend.

Police agencies from our area gathered at State Patrol in Rib Mountain Monday morning to turn in those drugs.

People had dropped off unused medication at police departments. Wausau police say they collected 650 pounds of drugs alone. They say this program is very important for our community.

"We want to see those drugs brought in instead of having old or expired medications sitting in someone's halls where they can be targeted for theft or burglary or be abused within the home,” said Wausau Police Detective Nathan Cihlar.

Police say the drug drop off helps reduce ground water contamination, increase public safety, and improve public health. All the drugs collected will be taken to an incinerator to be destroyed.

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