Get rid of your unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2015, drug overdoses in the U.S. rose again in 2014, driven by surges in deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. Overall, overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 47,000 — up 7 percent from 2013. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2015, drug overdoses in the U.S. rose again in 2014, driven by surges in deaths from heroin and powerful prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. Overall, overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 47,000 — up 7 percent from 2013. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s time to look through your medicine cabinet and get rid of your unwanted prescription drugs in a safe and easy way (not flushing it down the toilet).

Saturday, Oct. 22 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public can dispose of their unused, unwanted prescription medications at one of 4,700 collection sites nationwide.

One of the biggest reasons for the Take Back Day is to make sure painkillers are being disposed of properly. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Nearly 450 tons of unwanted prescription drugs were collected in April during the 11th Take Back Day.

You can drop off the prescription drugs at any of the following locations:

Austin
Austin High School 1715 West Cesar Chavez, Austin
Barton Creek Square Mall (parking lot) – 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin
Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 2514 Center Dr, Austin
Planetshakers Austin Church – 1101 Reinli, Austin
Travis County Constable – Precinct 2 – 10409 Burnet Road, Austin
Travis County Constable – Precinct 5 – 1003 Guadalupe Street, Austin

Other Central Texas locations
Buda Police Department – 100 Houston Street, Buda
Burnet County Courthouse – 220 South Pierce Street, Burnet
Cedar Park Police Department – 911 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
Elgin Police Department – 202 Depot Street, Elgin
Jonestown Police Department – 18304 North Park Dr, Jonestown
Lakeway Police Department – 104 Cross Creek, Lakeway
Lampasas Police Department – 301 East 4th Street, Lampasas
Leander Police Department – 705 Leander Drive, Leander
Legacy Hills Park Pavillion – 200 Del Webb Blvd., Georgetown
Liberty Hill Police Department 2801 Ranch Road 1869, Liberty Hill
Manor Police Department 402 West Parsons Street, Manor
Marble Falls Police Department – 209 Main Street, Marble Falls
Round Rock Police Department – 2701 North Mays, Round Rock
Smithville City Hall 317 Main Street, Smithville
Taylor City Hall – 400 Porter, Taylor
Tractor Supply Company – 441 Texas 71, Bastrop
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office – 508 South Rock Street, Georgetown

Collection sites across the nation can be found by going to http://www.dea.gov.

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