Saturday is Take Back Your Drugs Day

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Created in 2010, the DEA's National Take Back Day promotes a safe, convenient and responsible means for individuals to dispose of prescription drugs.

With hundreds of lives being lost to drug overdoses each year in the First State, Delaware holds another Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.

"Ridding our household of old and unneeded prescription drugs is an easy and basic step to preventing the accidental or intentional misuse of these drugs in the home, so let's do our part", acting US Attorney Brit Featherston said in a news release. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds -more than 4,050 tons -of pills.

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, troopers will collect expired and unused pills so they can be destroyed. (DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.) They can find nearby collection sites at or by calling 800-882-9539.

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This national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

Special Agent Daniel Pomeroy was quick to point out that with the opioid crisis in the country, this is one way families can help clean out the unused medicines in their homes, thus cutting down the potential for misuse.