Looking to turn in unused prescription drugs? Here’s how

If you have unused or expired prescription drugs, this Saturday you can safely turn them in at dozens of area sites.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prescription drugs can be disposed at drop-off sites to reduce the risk of the prescriptions being abused.

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Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted. Drop off pills or patches only.

The majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet, according tothe 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Last fall’s Take-Back Day event collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which first launched its Take-Back Day in 2010.

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“The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” the DEA stated.

The official Take Back Day website has a searchable list of collection sites in the area.

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