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Program offers chance to get rid of unused prescription drugs

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ATLANTA -

If you've got a stock pile of expired and unused prescription drugs at home, you'll have a chance to get rid of them this weekend.

Several metro Atlanta jurisdictions will take part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several collection sites have been set up where you can safely dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs.

Officials say they want to crack down on illegal prescription drug abuse, and they want to keep the drugs out of our water sources. They say many people flush unwanted prescription medications down the toilet and that presents a public health and environmental issue.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, along with state and local officials, have been doing the drug take-back day since 2011. They say they've collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications since the program began.

To find a collection spot near you, click here!

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