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Rx Drug take back

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The City of Austin helped people to safely get rid of old prescription drugs today.

The city partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a drug take-back collection at several locations across Austin.

Anyone could drop off expired or unwanted medications anonymously and at no cost.

It was part of a national event going on at thousands of sites across the country.

Volunteers, like Justine Wang, says, it's important to safely dispose of prescriptions that have expired.

"Expired medications, the medication might not be efficacious anymore, so it might not be useful for its intended purpose. Or some medications, they might actually have adverse effects if they're expired."

It's also important to make sure medications don't get into the wrong hands.

A recent study shows more Americans abuse prescription drugs than those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetmines combined.

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