Got drugs? Get rid of them this weekend

If so, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants yours! As a part of its national take-back initiative, the DEA is hosting another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to encourage the safe disposal of unwanted drugs.

Practices can use this fourth annual take-back day to safely get rid of unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

The third annual Take-Back Day in October 2011 generated 377,086 pounds of unwanted or expired medications. Over the last 13 months, the DEA says it and its law enforcement partners have removed 995,185 pounds of medication from circulation.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart in a news release. "DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place."

Practices can use the DEA website to search for nearby collection sites using a zip code or county/city/state.