PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh police say they collected 33 boxes full of unwanted or expired prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
That works out to more than 600 pounds of medication — about 200 pounds more than the last collection in April.READ MORE: 2 Businesses Shut Down By Allegheny County Health Department
Drug Take Back Day, hosted by the DEA, aims to get prescription pills properly disposed of to reduce the risk of unused drugs being abused.READ MORE: Bone Found In SUV Of Ohio Mom Stephanie Van Nguyen And 2 Kids Missing Since 2002
The DEA cites a 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health that says 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs — the majority of which they got from family and friends.
If you missed the collection, there are places you can take unwanted prescriptions all year for proper disposal.MORE NEWS: Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine Becomes First Openly Transgender Four-Star Officer
You can use a locator online to find the places closest to you.