Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office collects 96 pounds of pills

Thousands of people emptied out their medicine cabinets Saturday in hopes of stopping prescription drug abuse.

It's National Drug Take Back Day and law enforcement agencies across northern Michigan joined forces with the DEA to collect outdated and unused medications.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office started it's drug-drop-off early Saturday morning and by 3:00pm they had collected 96 pounds! This is 30% more pills than they collected at last years event. They say it's really refreshing to see such a high participation level from the community.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff's office has participating in Drug Take-Back Day for four years.