Turn in your old prescription drugs Saturday

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - If you have old prescription drugs at home, Saturday is the day to get rid of them. Drug Enforcement Administration is working with law enforcement agencies across the country to hold the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 26, 2014 from 10am until 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, and the best way to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs safely.

Controlled (those substances which require a doctor's prescription), non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances will be collected. Participants may dispose of medications in the original container, or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container.

Items not accepted include intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens). Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

During last October's Take Back Day, Americans turned in more than 324 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,683 sites.

To find a collection site near you, call 1-800-882-9539. Or use the DEA's online search: http://1.usa.gov/P9EzM2

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