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Got drugs? DEA's National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

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The DEA will take your unwanted drugs, no questions asked.

Saturday, April 30 is National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

During the twice-annual event, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration invites the public to turn in unused and expired prescription medications to more than 5,000 collection sites around the country.

In an email news release, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said they will provide a drive-through drug drop off location. Deputies and DEA Agents will be there to take your unwanted medicines – free of charge and no questions asked.

However, only solid medications like pills and patches will be accepted. Minnesotans should not bring liquids, needles or other sharp objects to take back sites.

Why does the DEA take back drugs?

Opioids – a class of drugs that include heroin, as well as prescription pain relievers like oxycodone and codeine – continue to be a problem in Minnesota and across the country.

Drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle crashes and firearms as the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, the DEA says.

The initiative aims to prevent drugs from falling into the wrong hands.

“Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said on the website. “Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets.”

The DEA says they have collected 5.5 million pounds, aka 2,762 tons of unused prescription drugs in the past five years through the take back event.

How to find a nearby collection site

Go to the DEA's website and click on the “Got Drugs?” icon.

Enter your zip code into the search window. Or you can call 800-882-9539.

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