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Pounds of pills to be destroyed

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Paducah police spent four hours Saturday collecting prescription pills from the community. The pills - which totaled about 60 pounds - will be destroyed later this week.

John Tolliver, the Paducah Police Department's prescription drug diversion investigator, said the drugs ranged from over-the-counter pills to out-of-date medication, to prescriptions that people weren't using any longer. The take-back events, which happen twice a year, traditionally net tons of pills nationwide. Saturday was one of the department's most fruitful take-backs, Tolliver said.

The department also takes prescription pills on a daily basis, during business hours at the Paducah Police Department. Anyone who needs to dispose of pills can drop them in the PPD's drop box, where they will be handled and properly disposed of.

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