DEA hosts prescription drug take-back day

September 23, 2010

Unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs can be handed in at local destruction sites Sept. 25 in an effort arranged by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The initiative aims to reduce the number of accidental poisonings and abuse of prescription drugs -- one of the fastest growing drug problems in the United States, according to DEA.

"With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse," Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler said in a press release.

Drugs will be disposed of in a safe, environmentally friendly manner with no questions asked. A take-back site locator is available on the DEA website.