Residents urged to drop off expired medications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State and federal law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to get rid of expired or unused prescription drugs at a statewide drug take-back event.

The public can drop off the medications on Saturday at one of more than two dozen locations across Rhode Island, including police departments in Providence, Warwick, Cranston and Newport. Some communities are holding the take-backs at local pharmacies.

The event is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Drop-offs are done anonymously.

Rhode Islanders turned in 2,300 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted medications during the spring take-back event.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says there is a growing need to safely dispose of unused and expired medications as prescription drug abuse has grown into an epidemic.

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