LINK: Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Dozens of locations, from police departments to pharmacies, throughout South Florida are participating in Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Officers and agents will be monitoring about 6,000 collection sites nationally between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says, "What we're trying to do in law enforcement is just help in reducing the addiction and overdose deaths by taking unwanted, expired, unused medications that people have in their medicine cabinets and take them over to the nearest police district. Place them in a box so we can have those taken off the streets."

Perez stresses it's the safest way to dispose of medications instead of flushing them down the toilets or dropping them down a disposal where they can potentially contaminate our water.

In less than a decade the DEA has collected nearly 11-million pounds of prescriptions during Take Back Day events.

Last October's lead to the collection of more than 450 tons of prescriptions.

Click here to find your nearest drop off site.

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