DEA partners with local officers to collect unwanted prescription drugs

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An opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

This weekend, October 28, multiple law enforcement agencies across the nation will be participating in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

There are dozens of locations all across the state of SC that will collect unused or unwanted drugs with no questions asked.

Those having drugs they wish to dispose of may drop them off, free of charge and with no questions asked, at booths set up outside Food City in Pulaski, CVS Pharmacy in Dublin and Walmart in Fairlawn.

In April, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska turned in 35,137 pounds (17.6 tons) of prescription medications.

This will be the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which is unsafe and can lead to tragedy.

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Four out of five people who start using heroin start with inappropriate use of prescriptions.

The police departments will accept unwanted prescription drugs year-round.

National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is a national effort that occurs twice a year.

Individuals can take pills and other solid forms of medication to one of nearly 5,000 collection sites manned by more than 4,000 partners nationwide.

Police say bringing the pills to their departments keeps the old prescriptions from becoming abused.

Some local law enforcement agencies-like the Marquette Police Department-are participating, as well.

- The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through family and friends.