DEA hosts Drug Take Back Day across the country and on LI

PLAINVIEW - In a bid to reduce prescription drug abuse, officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosted another National Drug Take Back Day across the country, with 50 locations across Long Island alone.

Officials say anyone could bring any unused or unwanted prescription drugs they had in their medicine cabinets for disposal.

"Marijuana is still the most widely abused drug in the country but pharmaceutical drugs have come on strong to the point they are the second most abused [drug]," said Charlie Bernard with the DEA.

Officials say that while these take back events are held every six months or so, people wishing to dispose of drugs can take them any time to a local police precinct.

The DEA says that the past two events brought in more than 300 tons of prescription drugs nationwide.

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