Ohioans encouraged to dispose of medications

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is encouraging Ohioans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's "Drug Take-Back Day" next weekend.

The event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday allows people to drop off expired or unused prescription medications. The DEA is coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, which will accept the discarded controlled substances at various places around the state.

Drop-off sites can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/PmDUpQ .

Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker notes that a recent survey found four-in-10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug got it from their parents' medicine cabinet.

Past Take-Back Day events have collected more than 3 million pounds of prescription medications. The event offers free and anonymous disposal.

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