Posted: 10:45 p.m.
Saturday was a chance for the entire country to safely get rid of expired or unwanted prescription medication.
Al Geren, a Yuma resident, knows just how important that is for the environment.
"You don't want to put them in the toilet because it gets out in the soil one way or another, said Geren. "The water and leaches out."
The Yuma Police Department participated in the nationwide event that the Drug Enforcement Administration launched back in 2010.
Officer Joe Franklin of the Yuma Police Department says programs like the drug take back initiative helps pills like these stay out of our water, and out of the wrong hands
According to a survey conducted by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, about 10 percent of Arizona youth admit to misusing prescription drugs, and more than 76 percent of the misuse involved prescription pain relievers.
Franklin says leaving unwanted or expired medicine around the house leaves them vulnerable to another threat.
"If [someone's] house gets burglarized, a lot of times the thieves will take those drugs and they'll use them," he warned, encouraging the public to clean out their medicine cabinets.
Officers say the event was a success. More importantly they know exactly where the pills will end up. The DEA collects the expired pills from the more than 5,000 participating agencies across the nation and disposes of them.