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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day today

October 29, 2011 |  8:25 am

Photo: Prescription pill bottles. Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images Southern California residents get another chance to rid their medicine cabinets of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, along with local law enforcement agencies, will hold its second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Residents can take old, unused prescription drugs to their nearby city hall or police department to be properly disposed of.

DEA officials say that more than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, many of which come from old prescriptions from family and friends. The Partnership for a Drug Free America estimates that every day 2,500 teens 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.

To find the place nearest you to dispose of prescription drugs, click on this DEA website.


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