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Published October 20, 2010, 04:58 PM

Keeping Prescription Drugs Off of the Streets

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center Wednesday to help the Lake Region kick off their Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.

Across the country, illegal prescription drug sales are becoming a problem. And in North Dakota, the Attorney General's office is trying to combat the problem as well.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center Wednesday to help the Lake Region kick off their Prescription Drug Take-Back Program.

Drop boxes have been set up in 12 spots around the state and on Wednesday, the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center put theirs to use.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back program allows those who have left-over pills to dispose of them inn the proper way.

Stenehjem says it's important for people to know that when a person does bring in pills, there will be no questions asked about where they came from or why you had them.

"We aren't concerned about who they are or what they're doing. We just want them to get rid of medications that are unneeded and unused," Stenehjem said.

Officers with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation says pills that cost $8 from the pharmacy are being sold for more than $160 on the street.

I think it's going to cut down on the fact that we're going to have less available to people and I'm hoping that the general population will be more aware of the things that can happen with some of the medications they leave in their medicine cabinets," Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said.

Stenehjem says there were more deaths in North Dakota last year because of overdose than from firearms.

There are currently 12 Prescription Drug Take-Back Programs throughout the state.

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