4th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day To Take Place Saturday

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, people will be able to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday at numerous collection sites around the Southland.

The program is designed to focus national attention on the proper disposal of such items, said Natalie Jimenez of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

During the event, people can bring their unwanted pharmaceuticals to a participating dropoff site between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for proper disposal, Jimenez said. The service is free and anonymous.

For a list of participating collection sites, visit the website www.justice.gov/dea.

During the last nationwide event, which was held in October, people turned in more than 377,000 pounds of prescription drugs at thousands of sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement authorities.

Jimenez also noted that the 24-hour Safe Drug Drop-Off Program is ongoing in Los Angeles County, and secured drop boxes are open seven days a week around the clock at 21 designated sheriff’s stations. More information is available at www.CleanLA.com.

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