COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- Saturday is the national Drug Take-Back Day, a time when you can drop off unused or expired medication to be properly destroyed.

"DEA has been doing this for the last three years and has basically taken in 1,700-tons of medication during that time," said Ken Etchison with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Ohioans can drop off medications at nearly 300 locations in the state between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

"While the number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Ohio is going down, we still need to work together to do everything possible to prevent future death and addition," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "By properly disposing of your unneeded medications, you are helping to make sure those pills cannot be misused."

Etchison says drugs being taken from medicine cabinets is just one of the ways powerful painkillers make their way to the streets.

The rule used to be to flush unwanted or expired medicine down the toilet, but small amounts of medication were starting to show up in drinking water supplies.

"The best method is for us to collect it and take it to medical incinerators," Etchison said.

If you miss this event you can wait for another in the fall, or Etchison says many local law enforcement offices now have secure drop off sites where medication can be disposed of any day.

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