National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

(FOX19) - Police across the country are accepting unwanted prescription medicines as part of an initiative to prevent an increase in pill abuse and theft.

The Prescription Drug "Take-Back" day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. The service is free and anonymous.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds, or 188 tons, of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

If an original container is submitted, people are encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted.

After the drugs are collected, they will be turned over to the DEA for disposal.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to a 2009 Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

For more information or to find a disposal site near you, click here.

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