National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Happening on Saturday

By Kristin Frechette |

Published 10/20 2016 02:17PM

Updated 10/20 2016 02:34PM

Police Departments nationwide are participating in the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at local police departments.

It's all in an effort to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications

Officials say only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites. Liquids, and needles will not be accepted. 

The diversion of prescription painkillers contribute to the widespread abuse of opiates, is the gateway to heroin addiction, and is devastating our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. 

"Many Americans are not aware that medicines which languish in home cabinets are highly vulnerable to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisoning and overdoses due to the illegal use of these drugs.  Please take the time to clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse," added Ferguson.

According to the release Vermont disposed of 5,094.60 pounds of drugs during prescription drug take-back day in April.   

Officials say you can find a nearby collection site by visiting, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, or you can call 1-800-8829529.

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