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Oct 21, 2013 5:31 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Police agencies to collect old medications for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Local police departments will be partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to collect expired, unwanted, and unused prescription drugs.

The goal is to help prevent prescription drug abuse by safely disposing of those medications. Studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In Lompoc, old prescriptions can be dropped off at the Lompoc Police Department at 107 Civic Center Plaza from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.

In Santa Barbara, they will be collected at the La Cumbre Plaza Mall at 121 South Hope Avenue between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

At the last event in Santa Barbara, police say nine garbage bags full of prescription drugs were collected.

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