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Tehama County residents turn in their prescription drugs

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - Tehama County residents dropped off leftover prescription drugs Saturday for National Prescription Drug Drop off Day.

Tehama County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Walter Williams said they didn't see as many drop-offs as they have in years past, but it's a good thing.

The Sheriff's Department has started collecting drugs every business day. There is a drop off box inside the departments front foyer.

Thomas Andrews, a doctor in Shasta County, said most prescriptions are written for those who are 55-65.

One of the problems is that the pills then sit around for guests or family members to get into. Another problem is when the drugs have expired or the person using the drugs passes away.

Since it is not advised to throw away or flush prescription drugs, the drop off boxes collect drugs no questions asked. These drugs then get sent to the DEA where they are incinerated.

According to Williams, the Tehama County daily dropoff box collects between 50-100 pounds of drugs per month.

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