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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an effort to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives individuals and communities the opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially risky, expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions drugs from homes across the nation.

The event is held twice a year and during the last event in the fall the DEA collected almost a million pounds of drugs.

There were drop off spots across the Coastal Bend.

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"We're starting a repository program, so if you have medications that are still sealed and not expired and safe to use, we can actually donate those to clinics for people in need", said Snider. "You don't want to put them in the garbage, so when these opportunities come up you take advantage", said Debbie Rada who stopped into the Lakewood Police Department to drop off a large bag of pills.

There are an average of 70 pills per adult in a household, according to Kozal. "It's toxic for the environment, so we are trying not to have the medications end up either in the water or in landfills".

The Charleston Police Department was hoping to beat last year's total of 500 pounds of unused drugs collected. "So you bring them up here to dispose of them so they don't get into the wrong hands". Each time it was full with about 13 to 14 pounds of medication. The boxes located at all five locations are available year-round, and all types of medications from prescription to over-the-counter to multivitamins can be disposed of in these locations.

Volunteer nurses from Maine Medical Center saw a steady stream of business Saturday at the Back Cove parking lot in Portland as dozens of people dropped off their unwanted and unused prescription drugs.


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