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Drop-off aimed at cutting prescription abuse

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Mississippi safety officials are trying to cut prescription drug abuse by putting nine secure boxes at driver's license offices around the state. The public can drop off unneeded prescription drugs, no questions asked.
   
Bureau of Narcotics director Marshall Fisher says Wednesday that no DNA or other evidence will be taken, and the drugs will be destroyed.
   
He says providing the boxes is a way to help people clear their homes of unneeded items, such as powerful painkillers.
   
The Department of Public Safety says 90 percent of Mississippi's drug overdose deaths 2012 were from misused prescriptions.
   
Each of the sturdy metal boxes costs about $1,000 and is the size of a dormitory refrigerator.
   
The boxes are in Batesville, Biloxi, Brookhaven, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, New Albany and Starkville.

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