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Martinsville Police program to collect unwanted prescription drugs

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Martinsville Police Department is now well-equipped to take back unwanted or old prescription drugs.

Austin Adams of the Eagle Scouts Troop 168 created a drug take-back bin which is inside the Martinsville Police Department.

Deputy Chief Robert Fincher said people can bring in old, outdated or unneeded prescription medications.

The program is to ensure that the unwanted medications are disposed of properly and don't get into the wrong hands.

"In order to make it more convenient, to make certain that these things are not just simply being thrown in the landfill, or flushed down the commode we wanna make it very convenient so we've got this location set up here now where we can recieve the medications," Fincher said.

Prescriptions can be dropped off at the police station between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Officers are also available to assist outside of normal business hours.

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