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DEA and Elks Lodge in Billings help with prescription drug problem

Posted at 5:29 PM, Oct 27, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:17-04

The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Elks Lodge collected old medications to focus on safety and the environment.

Many participated by bringing unused prescriptions to the 7th annual Prescription Drug Take Back in the Elks parking lot.

It’s all part of a nationwide effort on Saturday.

U.S. military members joined the DEA and the Elks for the collections.

The take-back helps deal with prescription drug abuse and keep dangerous pollutants out of the rivers.

“We hope that we help facilitate some of the consciousness of it that now more than ever people are wanting to make sure it’s not flushed down the toilet,” said Mike Yakawich, Elks Lodge Esquire. “People don’t steal it from their home or it’s abused by putting it out in the community and so these are the ways that we’re hoping and we see that people are really responding.”

Yakawich said prescription drugs can also be dropped off at the Billings Police station.