Operation Medicine Cabinet and the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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CLEVELAND -- A drop-off day for old and unwanted prescription drugs will be held at locations throughout Northeast Ohio Saturday.

Operation Medicine Cabinet and the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To find the nearest location, visit www.DrugAwarenessAndPrevention.org and click on "Got Drugs?" or call (800) 882-9539.

In addition to the event's collection sites, many communities offer permanent drop boxes at their local police stations every day. To access this list, visit www.RxDrugDropBox.org, and click on "find a box.

The goal is to help Northeast Ohio residents safely dispose of any outdated or unwanted prescription medications. Last October, the event collected more than 9,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This completely confidential program will allow adult family members to visit any listed location, where law enforcement officers will collect and hold all medications.

After the medications are collected, they will be weighed by the Drug Enforcement Administration before they are destroyed.

"Too many teens believe that using medications (prescribed by a doctor to another family member) is a safe way to get high. They are wrong. Addiction to opiate-based pain pills such as codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet has led to an alarming increase in addiction to the illegal street equivalent, heroin," warned Nancy Pommerening, director of Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc.

For the last six years, accidental drug overdose has been the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes and suicide. Medicine cabinets across Ohio are the primary source of abused prescription drugs.

The event is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., county boards of health and local action groups.

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