Got expired or unwanted prescription drugs you'd like to get rid of?
Saturday will be another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The U-S Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA has done this five previous times, taking in more than one-thousand tons of prescription medicine since September 2010.
The drugs have expired, are unused or are not wanted and they often are susceptible to misuse or abuse.
The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.
And a majority of those abused prescriptions are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
On Saturday you can drop off unwanted prescription meds at a number of participating locations for safe and proper disposal, such as the Columbia Police Department or Richland County Sheriff's Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – no charge, no questions asked.
You can find collection sites online at the DEA's website, www.dea.gov. Click on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and follow the links to a database where you can enter your zip code.
You can also call (800) 882-9539.