Posted: Oct 26, 2013 5:03 PM by David Jay - MTN News
Updated: Oct 26, 2013 5:04 PM
BILLINGS - Unused prescription drugs can contribute to drug abuse and toxin in water and land fills, so an Elks Club on Billings helped with a drug take-back on Saturday morning.
The Elks Club drug enforcement program took back more than 50 pounds of prescription drugs, in the Elks parking lot on Lewis - with many folks bringing in old and expired drugs.
The Billings Police say thieves break into homes to steal prescription drugs or other items to pawn and pay for their drug addictions.
"The main reason we're doing it is we want to keep it off the streets," said Mike Yakawich, chair of the Elks drug awareness program. "The police will incinerate it all and do it properly so that others, young kids or others just won't be able to have their hands on it and it's just a good thing for the whole community."
"It's a nice physical reminder of how much is out there that needs to be disposed of," said Billings Police Officer Tom Keightley.
"People that have unwanted or unused pills or just expired drugs that they need to get rid of. It's good reminder that almost all of us have something that we need to get rid of."
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration requires a law enforcement officer to help collect and dispose of the drugs.