PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Several law enforcement agencies on the coast are doing what they can to keep dangerous prescription drugs out of the wrong hands this weekend. It's all part of the National Drug Take Back Day.
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can bring unwanted or expired prescription drugs to the Pascagoula Senior Center at 1912 Live Oak St. Liquid medications will not be accepted.
In George County, you can drop off prescription drugs at Wayne Lee's Grocery at 12109 Old Hwy. 63 South in Lucedale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No syringes will be accepted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is an epidemic. According to the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, nearly 17,000 people die each year in the U.S. from prescription drug overdose.
The DEA started the National Drug Take Back Day in 2010. In the 11 take back days since the start of the program, more than 6.3 million pounds of unwanted and expired prescriptions have been collected.