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Georgians Urged To Turn In Unused Medications

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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) — Federal authorities are urging Georgians to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted pills to help combat prescription drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with national, state and local law enforcement for its eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is set to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at sites around the state.

To find a nearby collection site, people can go to the DEA’s website, click on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and follow the links to a database where they can enter their zip code.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted. Liquids and needles will not be taken.

During the most recent take-back event in November, Georgians turned in more than 8,150 pounds of medications.

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