Feds, Locals To Take Back Old Prescription Drugs

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to help people clean up their medicine cabinets.

The DEA is partnering with state and local agencies to sponsor a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can take unwanted and expired prescription drugs to designated drop-off sites.

Experts say the home medicine cabinet is a leading source for drug abuse. Drug disposal can be complicated, since flushing many drugs is a no-no and throwing them in the trash without proper precautions is discouraged.

A similar event last year collected more than 120 tons of prescription drugs nationwide.

The District of Columbia is sponsoring 13 drop-off sites.

Maryland is sponsoring 81, and 20 will be located in northern Virginia. Exact locations can be found at www.dea.gov.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. sheriff says:

    Since the Medicare part “D” prescription plan enacted in 2006, a Walgreens, CVS, Walmart drug store has gone up on every corner in America. Another congress giveaway to big drug companies & business. Dr’s write more prescriptions, people chomp them down like candy & the whole country is buzzed but still no healthier.

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