Paper, drug disposal nets 298 pounds of pills

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County sheriff's office has collected more than 5 tons of paper and nearly 300 pounds of prescription drugs at a shredding and disposal event.

The sheriff's office and the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs invited residents in Memphis and the rest of the county to drop off documents that contained personal information that could be used for identity theft and any unneeded prescription drugs so they could be disposed of safely.

Sheriff Bill Oldham said the event Saturday collected 11,200 pounds of paper and 298 pounds of prescription drugs.

Similar events have been held by other law enforcement agencies across the state over the past several months

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