North Alabama law enforcement annual drug take-back Saturday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Do you have prescription medications in your house that you don’t know what to do with? Maybe you have pain medications left over from a surgery or a diseased relative.

If you do, you are not alone.

The DEA holds an annual drug take-back program all across the county so citizens can safely dispose of prescription medications. This Saturday, September 26 marks the 10th consecutive year.

Locally, law enforcement precincts all across North Alabama are preparing for their annual drug take-back day. You can locate a local facility at the drug disposal information website by clicking on “Locate a Collection Site,” and entering your zip code.

The service is free, anonymous and no there are no questions asked. In 2014, 617,000 pounds of drugs were collected all across the country.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance says it is crucial to get unwanted drugs out of the house before they fall into the wrong hands.

“Drug take-back is an opportunity for everyone out there to play a meaningful role in breaking the cycle of abuse that leads to addiction,” said Vance.

This year you can also pick up special bags at the drop-off sites. The Deterra bags neutralize the drugs in a way that you can safely throw them away at home.

A social media campaign is set to start in late October. Organizers will be using the hashtag #KnowDope to promote a drug free society.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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