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Giant Eagle Offering Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes

Clean out your medicine cabinet, and safely dispose of old and unneeded pills and medications.

Giant Eagle is taking steps to fight back against the opioid epidemic.

The Post-Gazette reports the supermarket chain is partnering with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide permanent drop-off boxes where people can dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs .

You can find the drop-off boxes at six locations: Shadyside's Market District, and the Giant Eagle stores in Monroeville, New Castle, Washington, Altoona, and Erie.

According to the DEA, in 2017 at least 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends. One of the best steps you can take to protect your family and community from drug abuse and addiction is simply cleaning out your medicine cabinet!

You can click here to see an interactive map of all the drug take-back boxes in Pennsylvania. Locations include stores, hospitals and police stations across the state .

"We can all do our part in fighting the opioid crisis and misuse of prescription drugs by disposing of old, unneeded or expired prescriptions," Governor Tom Wolf said. "Anyone needing to dispose of prescription medications can safely dispose of the drugs at one of more than 800 drug take-back boxes around the commonwealth."

For more information on how preventing drug abuse and addiction, and for resources if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you can click here .

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