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Drop off unused prescription drugs Saturday

Posted: April 26, 2013 - 2:27pm

Law enforcement will be collecting unused prescription medication in Juneau Saturday as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a nationwide effort sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency to dispose of medication safely and properly.

The public can drop off all expired, unused or unwanted medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Nugget Mall parking lot.

The free service is held in Juneau twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall.

The initiative began when Congress passed legislation and President Barack Obama signed the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act in October of 2010.

According to the DEA’s website, participating communities have turned in a total of 2 million pounds of prescription medication in the past five Take-Back events.

The DEA says proper disposal of medication can help reduce the potential for abuse or addiction, and it is also has an environmental effect since simply flushing old medication down the toilet pollutes groundwater and waterways.

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