Collections sites taking unused prescriptions Saturday

WASHINGTON — It’s a great time to get rid of prescription drugs you are no longer using. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at collection sites nationwide, many of which are police stations and sheriff’s offices.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said it is very important to get old prescription medications out of medicine cabinets, where young people can get easy access to them.

Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which were released last month, showed 6.4 million Americans ages 12 and up abuse prescription drugs.

The DEA said during the last national take-back event in April, a staggering 893,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected. That’s about 447 tons.

To find a collection site near you based on your Zip code, go to the National Take Back Initiative Site Search website.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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