Miami-Dade County

Want to dispose unwanted prescription drugs? Police will help, no questions asked.

South Florida law enforcement agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 29, 2017.
South Florida law enforcement agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 29, 2017. AP

Have unwanted or unused prescription drugs taking up room in your medicine cabinet?

Police departments across South Florida are taking part in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

That means people can drop off prescription drugs with no questions asked.

The nationwide initiative began in 2010 and continues to gain momentum.

In April, the event was held for the 13th time and more than 4,000 police departments participated across the country, 120 of which were in Florida. Nationwide, about 900,000 pounds of drugs were collected; in Florida, about 29,000 were collected, according to DEA data.

The DEA created the program as a safe way for people to discard unwanted or unused drugs — without the fear of getting in trouble.

The police departments of Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami Shores, Miami and Hollywood are all participating.

To find the closest location, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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