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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Save a life by making sure dangerous drugs in your house are safely disposed of.

If you looked in your medicine cabinet right now, would you find any old or unused prescriptions? How about opioids and other painkillers that could start someone on the road to addiction if they fell into the wrong hands? Check out this young man's story:

(DEA/Drug Takeback Day PSA)

Tomorrow, Saturday October 26, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day , a day when you can drop off any unwanted medications at special locations in your community -- places like pharmacies and police stations. These includes pills, cough syrup, even controlled substances like opioids and ADHD medication. "Keeping prescription medications out of the hands of those they were not intended for is one more way to save lives and prevent people from suffering from substance use disorder," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in urging people to take advantage of the free drop off service.

"In 2018, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Most came from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet." -- Drug Enforcement Administration

Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Ted Bohner says takeback events are a better alternative to simply tossing old medications in the trash. "You want to dispose of them properly," Bohner told WSBT-TV. "If you flush them, it's not good. It ends up in our water system. If you throw them in the trash somebody or someone can get to them. Plus it ends up in the landfill and isn't good in the environment as well."

New this year, you can turn in vaping products and cartridges as long as they don't have batteries in them.

Click here to find the drop off location nearest you by simply plugging in your zip code. The drop off locations are open from 10am-2pm.

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