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      Marquette police report increase in drug drop-offs

      The Marquette City Police have seen a huge increase in the number of drugs collected at their prescription drop-off site.

      Police say they take in about 100 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs in a month. The 24-hour drop-off site inside the police station has been filling up quickly of late.

      Police say they're encouraged to see the site being used.

      "Prescription medication abuse is at an all-time high as far as I'm concerned. We get plenty of overdoses that we respond to, people on prescription medications," said Detective Sgt. Doug Heslip of the MPD. "It's an epidemic. The goal is to have people bring in their prescription medications and get them off the street."

      Police prefer the drugs to be taken out of blister packs and pill bottles. The best method is to place all pills within a plastic bag.

      They also request no liquids and, most importantly, no needles in the drug drop-off containers.

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