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The Buffalo Grove Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), collected more than 110 lbs. of prescription medications from area residents on October 28, 2017 at their Drug Take Back event. Since April of this year, the department has taken in a total of 438.2 lbs. of medications, which are then turned over to the DEA for proper destruction.Buffalo Grove Police would like to remind residents that prescription drugs in the wrong hands can be deadly. Drugs which are prescribed to a certain person should only be taken by that person, and in accordance with the directions given. When prescriptions are taken incorrectly, the person ingesting the substance runs the risk of overdose, possible addiction, and other serious health issues.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drugs are the third most abused substance for teenagers, behind marijuana and alcohol. The Buffalo Grove Police Department has free, lockable containers to house medications available at the police station. A green colored drug collection box available is in the police station’s lobby year-round.For more information, please contact the Buffalo Grove Police Community Relations Unit at 847-459-2560.