DEA hosts Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is collecting leftover prescription drugs Saturday during its Drug Take-Back event. Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Time to clear out your medicine cabinets!

Saturday. the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is once again inviting people to bring in their prescription drugs, no questions asked.

There are dozens of collection sites in the Los Angeles area and seven in Orange County.

This is the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Marilyn MacDougal, Executive Director of Drug Use is Drug Abuse, a non-profit organization that works with the Orange County Sheriff, remembers being shocked at how many drugs people brought in during the first event she attended in Laguna Woods.

“We collected about six 50-gallon trash cans full of prescription bottles and pills,” says MacDougal. “If you think about what a pill weighs and how big a container is and you get that many bags, that’s a lot of drugs out there that could be misused. I was amazed. People were coming with grocery bags full of pills they didn’t know what to do with.”

The DEA says in all, it’s collected 774 tons of medication from these events.

And what does it do with all those pills?

It burns them.

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