National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

State and federal authorities are teaming up for the seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

The event overseen by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration began three years ago. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at numerous locations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Law enforcement agencies will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it to prevent potential abuse by people who find it in the trash. Proper disposal also protects the environment.

The DEA says prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a doctor's supervision, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction.

Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem in Florida and nationally.

Find a convenient drop-off site near you at the following link : http://1.usa.gov/Hnzn2k
 
The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.
Print this article Back to Top

Comments