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National Drug Take Back Day offers residents opportunity to dispose of medications with no questions asked

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The DEA says prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Jackson County wants to help by giving folks a chance to get rid the drugs as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

A kickoff event is scheduled from 10 a.m., to noon at Ruskin Way Park to raise awareness of about the dangers of unwanted or expired drugs.

Across the metro 70 locations on Saturday will accept unwanted or unused pills with no questions. Liquids, needles or sharps are not accepted at the take-back events.

Last September, more than 350 tons (more than 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs were collected at more than 5,000 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home
medicine cabinet.

Click here for a list of the locations.