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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Prescription drug abuse is an ongoing battle for Montgomery police and you can help the fight.

Police say criminals are specifically looking for narcotics to sell or trade for more drugs. By getting rid of your unused prescriptions drugs safety, you can help keep your home and community safe.

Capt. Scott Seithalil with the Montgomery Police Department says prescription drug theft is a targeted crime.

Just Friday morning the police department received a report of a burglary where only prescription drugs were taken from a home. 

"They were at a certain location in this house that maybe a family friend or an acquaintance knows about we are going to have look into it deeper," Seithalil said.

Police say it's important to hide your narcotic prescription drugs in a secure location.

"Don't just leave them it in the traditional medicine cabinet -- your harmful, high-power prescription drugs. Make sure you know where they are at all times. Store them in your closet inside the prescription bottle," Seithalil said.

It's also important to properly dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or that you don't use anymore.

Alabamians will have the opportunity to turn in old prescription drugs across the state on the upcoming drug take-back day Saturday.

Drop-off points will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A list of collection sites is available on the DEA website.

The events are held to keep drugs away from people who may abuse or overdose on them and to protect the environment by properly disposing them.

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