National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday

By WEEK Producer

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM CDT

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and local law enforcement agencies are encouraging residents to take the opportunity to safely dispose of old or unused medicines.

The nationwide event was organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On Saturday, the DEA will have collection sites set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. here in central Illinois and across the country.

“Too much prescription medication gets into the wrong hands if not properly disposed,” Madigan said. “This program is a safe and easy way for anyone with expired or unused prescription medicine to properly dispose it.”

National Take-Back Day was started in 2010 to prevent pill abuse and theft. Since then, more than 3.4 million pounds of medication has been collected nationwide.

Recent studies show one in five teens reported using prescription medicines at least once to get high. According to the DEA, prescription drug related emergency room visits for children and teens increased by 45-percent between 2004 and 2010.

For a full list of collection sites, visit www.justice.gov.

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