Drug Take Back Day Offers Safe Drug Disposal in Minn., Nationwide

Updated: 10/26/2013 7:36 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Pills and a needle.
Pills and a needle.
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Got Drugs?
That's the icon on the Drug Enforcement Administration's website to find how you can get rid of old prescription drugs on the seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The DEA's Rusty Payne says it will prevent abuse, misuse or theft, with prescription drug abuse becoming an epidemic. He says prescription painkillers in particular are "highly addictive across a broad demographic spectrum."
Thousands of collection sites across the country are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. You can find the one closest to you on the DEA.gov website or by calling 1-800-882-9539.
Payne says the DEA wants to do anything it can to discourage prescription drug abuse, "particularly keeping people's medicine cabinets safe and free of these unnecessary medications." He stresses there are no questions asked, no names taken -- it's "not a law enforcement operation." Any drug in pill form will be accepted, but not liquids, needles or syringes.
The three-year-old program has disposed of nearly three million pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Find a collection site near you by clicking here.

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