500 pounds of drugs collected during Prescription Drug Take Back Day

500 pounds of drugs collected during Drug Take Back day. //WSBT 22 News.

In the fight against opioid abuse, Saturday there was a major "drug take back" going on across St. Joseph County.

There were four locations where people could hand over unused or expired prescription drugs.

In just four hours, over 500 pounds of pills were collected, meaning 500 pounds off the streets.

Dave Wells is the commander of the St. Joseph County Drug Investigation Unit. Every day he sees what happens when the drugs end up in the wrong hands.

"The epidemic of overdoses across the country has just exploded with heroin and fentanyl-laced heroin and pills," said Wells.

Fentanyl Patches are just one of the many drugs now waiting to be incinerated.

One of the partners in the event was the 525 Foundation.

The foundation was started after the Savage brothers from Granger both died from drug overdoses on the same night. Part of the fatal concoction involved was a prescription drug.

"We're just trying to clean-up our communities, help spread awareness so that other families don't suffer the fate that we've had to endure," said mother Becky Savage.

While hundreds of pounds of pills now fill the Drug Investigation Unit, Commander Wells knows there is still more work to do.

"I would have liked to see double this, but this is a good start. We'd like to do it again," said Wells.

There is also a permanent pill drop box at the South Bend Police department.

Wells says they are also working to raise money to buy more drop boxes so people can appropriately dispose of prescription drugs anytime .

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