Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Here's what you need to know

Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Here's what you need to know

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Saturday April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. There are over 270 locations across Ohio and 5,000 across the nation where people can dispose of unused medications safely.

To find a location near you, simply click HERE to search. If you don't have access to a computer, you can call (800) 882-9529 to find out where you can go to drop off your unused medications. The locations will be open for service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The service is FREE of charge with no questions asked. Pills and other solids like patches will be the only drugs accepted. You cannot bring liquids, needles or other sharps.

Addictive prescription drugs that are thrown away or left unattended in a home can contribute to the growing addiction problem in the area. They are often stolen or abused by family or visitors in the home. More than 6.4 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use. Most abusers get the drugs from family or friends.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has partnered with state and local law enforcement to sponsor this event. Last fall, over 366 tons of medication were turned in during this event. Over 7.1 million pounds have been taken back in the past 12 events held.

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