WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If you have expired or unused prescription drugs in your home that you don’t know what to do with, you can drop them off at sites nationwide.

For the fourth time in two years, the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The program disposes of medication at over 5,300 sites operated by over 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies. It has disposed of almost 500 tons of medication so far.

Prescription drugs are abused by more Americans than those that use cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin put together, says the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The program was initially set up by the DEA to prevent old medicine from falling into unauthorized hands as well as to keep it from being thrown away and seeping into water supplies.

You can find a nearby collection site here.


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