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San Antonio -- It s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Saturday, September 25, 2010, is the first ever Prescription Drug Take Back program, designed to curb a growing abuse problem.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can drop off old prescription drugs, no questions asked, so they can be disposed of properly.

We are a nation of prescription drug users, and quickly becoming a nation of prescription drug abusers.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wants to make a dent in the problem by asking people to clean out their cabinets and get rid of old medications, a temptation for some people looking to get high.

At San Antonio s Palmer Drug Abuse Program, they see teens whose habit has started in their own home.

What we re looking at is a population of young people that are taking prescription drugs like no other population of young people have, no other generation has, said Trish Frye with Palmer. And that has a whole lot to do with accessibility and that it s sitting there in Mom and Dad s cabinet.

Prescription drug abuse ranks second only to marijuana. If those pills and tablets are expired, unused or unwanted, the DEA said make a point to toss them, not in the trash and not down the toilet. Take them to a collection site.

We are going to take them. We re going to seal them and, in fact, we re going to burn them, explained Mauricio Fernandez of the Drug Enforcement Agency in San Antonio.

This is the first nationwide effort of its kind taking place at 3400 sites around the country.

I think it s phenomenal that we re able to just get rid of our old drugs that we don t need, added Frye.

Log onto the DEA website linked here to find the drop off site nearest you.
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