SFPD announces results of ‘Take Back’ prescription drug disposal program 

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That's a lot of drugs.

San Francisco police and the San Francisco Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration collected more than 20 tons of unused or unwanted prescription drugs last Saturday as part of the nationwide "Take-Back Initiative," police Officer Albie Esparza said in a statement.

Police stations in The City collected 730 pounds of prescription drugs and the DEA division for Northern California collected more than 20 tons.

"The safe and secure collection and disposal of these medications not only saves lives," Esparza said, "but protects the environment and ecosystem."

Last year, nationwide 324 tons of prescription drugs were collected at more than 4,000 sites, Esparza said. Over the course of the last seven "Take Back" events, more than 3.4 million pounds -- more than 1,700 tons -- of pills have been collected.

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