DEA collecting expired, unwanted medication this Saturday

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The Drug Enforcement Agency will be collecting expired and unwanted medication during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday.

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications and over-the-counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Drop-off locations across the state will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the DEA.

Residents should not flush unwanted drugs down the toilet or throw them away.

“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day campaign is an important first step in keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of those who may misuse them, as well as helping to raise the public’s awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse,” said Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Dennis Wichern.

In the five previous take-back events, officials collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications.

Consumers can find a location by visiting www.dea.gov or by calling 1.800.882.9539. Intravenous solutions, needles and illicit substances like marijuana or methamphetamines will not be accepted.