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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Here's how to dispose of old meds

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Here's how to dispose of old meds
Posted at 11:58 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 14:58:42-04

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, so multiple collection sites have been set up across the country that will allow people to drop off unneeded or expired medications.

In Bakersfield, this Saturday Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Bakersfield Police Department and local agencies to help you recycle your unwanted or expired household items.

In conjunction with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the community will have the opportunity to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The event is taking place at the Kaiser Permanente Stockdale Hwy. Medical Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

The DEA says National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day "addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue" and will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in local time zones.

Walmart and Sam's Club announced on Wednesday that they'd be hosting an in-person medication disposal events at select stores across the U.S.

Click here to find a collection site near you.

Last year, the DEA says 882,919 pounds of unwanted prescriptions were collected.