A program to collect unwanted prescription medications Saturday netted 250 pounds of drugs in Madera County, the sheriff's department said.
Residents turned in 187 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs in Oakhurst and nearly 63 pounds at the sheriff's office in Madera.
The department saw a 400% increase over last year in the number of unwanted prescription drugs turned in by the community, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said. Last October, the department collected 60 pounds of prescription drugs.
Similar drug-collection efforts were held elsewhere in the Valley, but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which sponsored the event, did not have totals for other collections.
Still, "we are very pleased with the results, it means the word has got out to the community," said Karl Nichols, a DEA special agent.
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