Drug Enforcement Agency announces annual prescription take-back day

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 8:43 a.m. CDT; updated 9:19 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 23, 2012

KANSAS CITY — Anyone with unwanted or outdated prescription drugs will be able to turn them over to federal drug agents next weekend in the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Thousands of locations will be available across the country to drop off the drugs, with no questions asked. The Drug Enforcement Agency said three previous take-back days resulted in nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs being turned in.

Collection sites are listed at, byclicking on the "Got Drugs?" banner. Columbia's collection sites will be at the Truman Veterans Hospital, MU Student Center and Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools.

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic across the country, and the take-back program can reduce the potential for misuse.

This year's effort runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


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