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Saturday is National Take Back Day

Saturday is National Take Back Day

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands.

"Tops is pleased to be able to offer this added convenience to the community year-round", said Matthew Hamed, the company's director of pharmacy operations.

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and one surefire way to prevent drug abuse is to throw away any old prescribed medications. The disposal service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

"Some drug abuse is because of taking other people's medications", Roach said.

Last April's Take Back Day brought in a record number of unused prescription drugs, collecting close to 1 million pounds of pills from 5,842 sites all across the country.

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In April, almost 950,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected through National Take Back Day.

Residents were able to dump their unwanted drugs in a box that will be collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"You hear all of these things about pain pills and that's the reason why I wanted to get rid of them", Stutlz said.

A federal study shows more than 65% of people who misuse prescription pain relievers obtain them from a friend or a relative.

According to the DEA's website, earlier this year it collected and destroyed close to one million pounds-and almost 475 tons of potentially unsafe expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.