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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Safely dispose of medications

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held Saturday for people to anonymously dispose of unwanted medications.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Why is it important to turn in unwanted and expired prescription medications? They could be stolen or abused by another member of the family or visitors. And if thrown away or flushed down a toilet, it pollutes water and the environment.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held from Saturday for people to anonymously dispose of unwanted medications. To allow for the social distancing needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all locations used drive-through or drop-off options.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which hosts the semi-annual national event.

To find information on drug take back days visit DEATakeBack.com.