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National Drug Take-Back Day Is Saturday

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 4/23/2013, 10:12am  ET

Flickr photo by deathtiny42Local police will take part in the 6th National DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday with a drop-off location at the 2nd District Bethesda Station (7359 Wisconsin Ave.) and Chevy Chase Village Police headquarters (5906 Connecticut Ave.).

Police at those locations and at all six Montgomery County District Stations will accept expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Drug Take-Back Day is a national initiative meant to get unused prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets and educate the public about prescription drug abuse.

Last April’s Take-Back Day resulted in the collection of  276 tons of prescription medication from more than 5,000 sites nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription drugs have become the primary contributor to the country’s increase in drug overdose rates.

Flickr photo by deathtiny42