Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Dangerous prescription drugs are off the streets today thanks to National Prescription Drug Take–Back day.
The DEA-led day is a way for people to properly dispose of prescription drugs they no longer are using.
Since the bi–annual event started back in October of 2010 over 1.5 million pounds of medication have been removed from circulation.
It's considered important for two reasons, to prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the environment.
"These medications if they're flushed down the toilet or just buried in the ground or anything like that, they have a tendency of working into our water system and then we're re–consuming those medications that we're not suppose to be," said Dan Heil, Crime Prevention Officer, Twin Falls Police Department.
Soon the Twin Falls Police Department will be installing a permanent drug drop bin at the station.
The next National Prescription Drug Take–Back Day will be in April.