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Prescription Drug Disposal Event Set For Saturday

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U.S. health officials say middle-aged women are the fastest-growing group of people dying from drug overdoses. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

U.S. health officials say middle-aged women are the fastest-growing group of people dying from drug overdoses. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians wishing to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs are asked to visit one of more than 90 collection points during National Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

The drug disposal event is scheduled for Saturday and is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Diversion Control.

Organizers say volunteers will be staffing collection booths throughout the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aside from providing a place for people to dispose of unwanted medications, officials say the event is meant to also educate the public about prescription drug abuse.

A similar drug disposal event was held in late April. DEA officials say more than 370 tons of prescription medications were collected from more than 5,800 collection sites across the country.

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