DEA asks Rhode Islanders to return unused medicine

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders who have old and unused prescription drugs cluttering up their medicine cabinets are being asked to drop them off at one of more than 40 spots on Saturday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is running National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in dozens of locations around the state, including at some police departments, hospitals and drug stores.

The effort is designed to help people get rid of prescription drugs without throwing them in the trash or down the drain, which can harm public health and the environment. It’s also aimed at keeping drugs out of the hands of people who might abuse them.

The DEA has listed more than 40 locations offering to take back drugs on Saturday at http://www.dea.gov .

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