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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 08/24/2010

DEA to collect old prescription drugs in Md.

By Washington Post editors

If you've got old prescription drugs that you don't need anymore, the feds will be happy to get rid of them for you.

The Baltimore office of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting a prescription drug “take back” event next month. DEA officials and local police will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted medications at a variety of locations in the Baltimore area. Once collected, the drugs will be destroyed.

The take-back program is part of a nationwide effort and is intended to cut down on prescription drug abuse and theft. It's scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DEA says unused medicines are susceptible to being stolen or abused and that it's not safe to throw them away or flush them down the toilet.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 24, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

What a waste of taxpayer dollars and since when is it unsafe to flush them down the toilet? Are you telling me some desperate addict is going to go looking for urine/excrement soaked pills from the city waste repository or my septic tank?

Posted by: gladiatorgal | August 24, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

it's unsafe to flush drugs because they end up in our drinking water.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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