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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set For Saturday

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you have any prescription drugs that are no longer necessary for you, the Drug Enforcement Agency is encouraging you to drop them off at one of several locations for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back day Saturday.

Nationwide there will be 5,600 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26, 2014. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Take-Back day events assist with preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Last October, across the nation, 324 tons of prescription drugs were turned in to the DEA.

The DEA Miami Field Division collected approximately 8-and-a-half tons of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code.

Or they can call 800-882-9539.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites–liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

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