Safety discard unused, expired medications on Drug Take-Back Day

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BUNNELL, Fla. - Americans can safely discard unused and expired medications this Saturday during the 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The collections will accept prescription as well as over-the-counter medications.

No personal information is required. After the event, the Drug Enforcement Administration will properly dispose of the medication collected. 

Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs at the most recent DEA Drug Take-Back Day than any of the previous 10 events since the program began in 2010, the DEA said in a news release.

According to the DEA, most prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Cleaning out old prescription drugs from homes can reduce accidents, thefts, misuse or abuse of these medicines.

Several police and sheriff's offices in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia are participating, as are the Publix grocery stores in Palm Coast. The DEA collection site in Jacksonville is the  Wild Wing Cafe at 4555 Southside Blvd. Most locations will have staff on hand to accept medications from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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During last spring's take-back event, more than 423 pounds of unwanted medications were dropped off in Flagler County.

“This is a convenient, safe way to dispose of unwanted medications that might otherwise be a great danger to young children,” Sheriff James Manfre said.

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