WASHINGTON (October 26, 2013) The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was sponsoring its seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday.
The DEA's Rusty Payne said the effort will prevent abuse, misuse or theft, as prescription drug abuse becomes an epidemic.
He said prescription painkillers in particular are "highly addictive across a broad demographic spectrum."
Thousands of collection sites across the country were open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and some for even longer.
Payne said the DEA wants to do anything it can to discourage prescription drug abuse, "particularly keeping people's medicine cabinets safe and free of these unnecessary medications."
He stressed there are no questions asked, no names taken and that it's "not a law enforcement operation."
Any drug in pill form will be accepted, but liquids, needles or syringes will not.
The three-year-old program has disposed of nearly three million pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.