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Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be held Saturday

October 27, 2011 |  7:42 am

Southern California residents will get a chance to clean out their medicine cabinets Saturday when law enforcement agencies hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Residents will be able to take their old prescription drugs to nearby city halls or police departments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for proper disposal.

More than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, many of which come from unused prescriptions from family and friends, said officials with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which is co-sponsoring the event with local agencies.

The Partnership for a Drug Free America estimates 2,500 U.S. teens each day use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.

In April, the DEA held its first take back day, collecting and disposing of more than 309 tons of pills nationwide.

Visit the DEA website for local take back collection sites.

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 -- Sam Quinones

twitter.com/samquinones7

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