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Community members are invited to turn in unused and expired prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Communities That Care and the York City Police Department are partnering for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which helps reduce the dangers surrounding prescription drugs by safely disposing of them.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, people can bring their unused prescriptions to PeoplesBank Park in York City for disposal with no questions asked. The stadium is at 5 Brooks Robinson Way, enter from Queen Street  Only pills or patches will be accepted — no liquids, needles or sharps

Drugs in home medicine cabinets often find their way into the hands of family members or friends who did not have a prescription for them, leading to accidental poisonings and overdoses, according to a release from York County's Department of Human Services.

The U.S. has an "alarmingly high" rate of prescription drug abuse, and studies show that a majority of these abused drugs come from family and friends, the release states.

Disposing of prescriptions that are no longer needed keeps them from harming others, but typical methods of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash are found to have potential safety and health hazards.

Throughout the 13 previous take back events within the last seven years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners collected more than 8.1 million pounds — 4,050 tons — of medications.

In the last Take Back Day in April, 900,000 pounds — 450 tons — of drugs were submitted to 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 state and local law-enforcement partners, according to the release.

For more information about the prescription-drug disposal, go to the DEA Diversion website at deadiversion.usdoj.gov. 

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