- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In a story May 21 about a prescription drug take-back program, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Alabama Attorney General’s office, reported erroneously the amount of drugs collected. This year’s total is 7,531 pounds, not 9,800. The overall total since 2010 is 32,183 pounds, not 34,000.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Drug take-back nets over 7,500 pounds of unwanted pills

More than 7,500 pounds of prescription drugs collected at Ala. take-back event

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials say 7,531 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs were collected during recent take-back events.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Thursday that he’s pleased with the public’s response to prescription drug take-back day, which featured more than 100 collection sites throughout the state.

Officials say Alabama’s first prescription drug take-back event was held in September of 2010. Since then, 32,183 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs have been collected.

The take-back event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and is focused on fighting prescription drug abuse.

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