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DOJ to fund drug disposal

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Law enforcement agencies in the area say they'll be able to continue the drug disposal program thanks to additional funding.

Right now police officers pick up drugs at drug-drop off sites and then put it in storage, only to pay $1,700 to dispose of it later.

It's a program they can afford now but its future was in jeopardy, until now.

"This is going to literally save thousands of dollars that we're not going to have to come up with within the municipalities to come up with and find a way to split it or the county coming up with a way to fully fund it. It just takes those stresses away," Jeff Trotnic, Onalaksa Chief of Police said.

The Department of Justice has agreed to fund the disposal.

"It's going to establish twice a year six locations within the state that certain organizations like police departments and other qualified organizations can take the prescriptions that they collected, drop them off at this collection site and then they will take them out of state and destroy them," Trotnic explained.

The DOJ will pay for two drop off days, one in May and one in September.

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