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DEA asks public to turn in unused medication in effort to prevent drug abuse [Updated]

September 13, 2010 | 10:28 am

Federal drug enforcement agents are encouraging the public to clean out their medicine cabinets.

Later this month, at almost 3,000 sites across the nation, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration will invite members of the public to turn in expired or leftover prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.

Officials say the drugs are being increasingly abused and can often find their way from medicine cabinets to the black market.

“Individuals come and give unused, unwanted and expired medications, no questions asked,” said DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen. “Unfortunately prescription drugs are the only drugs we’re seeing an increase in abuse for.”

The Sept. 25 collection is a partnership between the DEA and local law enforcement, Pullen said.

[Updated at 10:30 a.m.: More than 50 locations in the Los Angeles area are participating, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s West Hollywood station. More collection sites can be found here.]

-- Robert Faturechi