The Bonneville county sheriff's office participated in the national DEA take back event at Tautphaus park hockey shelter today in Idaho Falls
They took unused and expired prescription and over the counter medications. They collected the Meds for the safety of others.
According to Safekids.org, more than 67,000 kids were sent to the hospital emergency room in 2011 because of prescription drug poisoning.
Last year, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners
This event was also a celebration of earth day and featured individuals dressed in costumes made of recyclable materials.
An officer in charge of the collection noted the danger at keeping old medications. He said,
“Unfortunately, with teenagers even as young as junior high schools, we have kids finding it and sharing those medications with other people and really not even knowing what they are.”