WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Police Department destroyed two public enemies on Saturday -- un-recycled paper products and leftover prescription drugs.
In the fifth-annual "Prescription Take Back" event, residents brought in 53 pounds of outdated or unused prescription medications, getting those drugs safely disposed of rather than being potentially used illegally or unintentionally, said Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the department. "The fewer unneeded or outdated prescription drugs we have in our community, the safer we all are."
Prescription drug theft and fraud is one of the biggest drug problems in Walla Walla, he said.
In addition, people brought in 3,000 pounds of documents to be shredded at the police station.
This year added to four previous "Prescription Take Back" events that have collected almost 300 pounds of medications in Walla Walla, Bennett said.