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Chance to Dispose of Expired and Unused Prescription Drugs

Across the United States, people will have a chance to turn in expired and left-over prescription drugs this weekend.

In Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is encouraging people to participate.

Cuccinelli is teaming with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to set up collection sites around the state Saturday for Virginians to turn in unused prescription drugs. The program is meant to keep the drugs out of Virginia's waterways and drinking water and out of the hands of children and drug abusers.

Virginia's prescription drug take back day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations.

A similar event in September yielded more than 5,000 pounds of unused prescription medications.

Police in West Virginia will also be accepted such medications at 110 locations across the state.

State and local police and sheriff's departments are among the participating agencies on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Last year, 2,397 pounds of old and unused medication was turned in at 79 locations statewide.

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