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Saturday Is Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Thousands of sites will accept, dispose of old drugs

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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April's Prescription Drug Take Back Day brought in more than 450 tons of unused prescription drugs to nearly 5,500 sites nationwide.

Saturday is the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event designed to provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs nationwide.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and various law enforcement and community agencies around the country organize the twice-a-year events. The last event, in April, brought in more than 450 tons of unused prescription drugs to nearly 5,500 sites nationwide, the DEA reported.



"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic,” acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said after the April event. “That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in — safely and anonymously — a record amount of prescription drugs.” 

The DEA provides an online tool to let you find the nearest drop-off site for unused drugs. A link to that page and more information about the day can be found on the DEA’s website. You can also call 1-800-882-9539 for the location of a nearby collection site. Saturday's event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

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