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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Drug Enforcement Administration has just announced it will hold another nationwide prescription drug take back event, with a number of locations in Arizona.

In a recent press release the DEA said over the last three years they have collected 1,700 tons of prescription medications that they can safely get rid of.  In the October 2013 event, DEA sites collected more than 324 tons of prescription drugs. 

The nationwide event will take place this Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (local time).

According to the DEA the idea behind the take back event is to keep prescription pills from falling into the wrong hands, because people might abuse those drugs.

One study found almost twice as many Americans abuse prescription drugs than hard drugs like heroin or cocaine. Surveys of users have found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The public can find a nearby Arizona collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code.  Or they can call (800) 882-9539.  

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