Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Those unused pills in your medicine cabinet or on your nightstand?  Saturday is the day to get rid of them.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a chance for Ohioans to dispose of any unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription medications.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m Saturday, you can take the drugs to any of the locations on the DEA's website for free and no-questions-asked disposal.

According to the DEA, most teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and the home medicine cabinet.

Unused prescription drugs that are thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.

Unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply.

Since 2010, the DEA says previous Prescription Drug Take Back Day events have removed more than nine million pounds of pharmaceuticals from circulation nationwide.

Only pills and other solid prescriptions, such as patches, can be disposed of at a collection site. Liquids and needles will not be accepted.

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