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Minnesotans Urged to Get Rid of Old Medicines

Updated: 04/25/2014 12:58 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 4:44 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

Minnesotans have a chance to get rid of their old and unused prescription drugs on Saturday.
    
April 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. State Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson encourages Minnesotans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs as a way to stop drug abuse before it starts.
    
Jesson says illegally used prescription drugs are usually obtained from a friend or relative. And she notes abuse of prescription painkillers has contributed to a rise in heroin and other opiate abuse.
    
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has set Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    
Unused prescription drugs also can be disposed of year-round at many local law enforcement and county offices.
    
Several drop-off sites will be set up across the metro Saturday. Find a list here.

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