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North Dakota prescription drug disposal program destroys more than 4 tons of meds since 2009

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A North Dakota program that collects unused medication to help fight prescription drug abuse has destroyed more than 4 tons of Oxycontin and other drugs since 2009.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says more than 1,720 pounds of the drugs collected through the Take Back program in the past six months were burned this month.

Disposal containers are located at police departments and sheriff's offices across the state.

Stenehjem says North Dakota is the only state in the nation that offers its residents a permanent program to dispose of unused and unwanted medications.

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