- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Local, state and federal agencies have delivered more than 17,000 pounds of medications collected during a week-long operation to collect unused prescriptions.

The State Bureau of Investigation says 96 law enforcement agencies participated in 200 events across North Carolina receiving unused prescription drugs from anyone who wanted to dispose of them.

Studies show that about 75 percent of all prescription medications abused by young people for non-medical purposes were found in homes of friends and families. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention advises that half of all young people who visit the emergency departments are there because of an overdose.

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