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ND program destroys half-ton of drugs

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A North Dakota program that collects unused medication to help fight prescription drug abuse has destroyed more than a half ton of Oxycontin and other drugs.

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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says the drugs collected through the Take Back program in the past five months were burned this month.

The program was launched in 2009 and has collected almost two tons of unused medication. Disposal containers are located at police departments and sheriff's offices across the state.

Saturday is designated as the national prescription drug Take Back Day.

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