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Va. Drug Take-Back Day event set for Saturday

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 11:01am  ET

Prescription drug abuse on the rise

WTOP's Joan Jones reports.


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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- State and federal authorities are teaming up for the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.

The event overseen by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration began three years ago. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at nearly 200 locations across Virginia.

Law enforcement agencies will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it to prevent potential abuse by people who find it in the trash. Proper disposal also protects the environment.

The DEA says prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a doctor's supervision, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction.

Prescription drug abuse is a widespread problem in West Virginia and nationally.


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