National Drug Take-Back Day Event Set for Saturday


State and federal authorities are teaming up for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.

The event overseen by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration began three years ago. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Last October, more than 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected.

Law enforcement agencies will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it to prevent potential abuse by people who find it in the trash. Proper disposal also protects the environment.

The DEA says prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a doctor's supervision, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction.

Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem nationally.

To find the drug take-back location near you, click here.

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