April 30, 2016; 1:22 PM ET
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding a national prescription drug drop-off on Saturday in an effort to curb prescription drug abuse.
The DEA is asking people to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that will be manned by DEA agents and local law enforcement officials.
"It's a way to continually try to clear out our medicine cabinets of old, unused and expired meds and we dispose of them for free," Kent Bailey, the head of the DEA in Minnesota and North Dakota, said.
The goal of the program is to collect and destroy more than 5,000 pounds of unused pills. Officials would especially like to see people get rid of heavily addictive opioid-based painkillers such as oxycodone and Percocet.
Dr. Orlando Charry said there is a time and place for those drugs, but too often and too easily they can be abused.
"It is not a bad type of medication but just like anything else, if it is misused, abused, used excessively, then it can lead to very bad problems," Charry said.
Saturday's pill take-back program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA and the Hennepin County sheriff's office have teamed up to offer a drive-thru style drop-off location right outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Find other drop-off sites at www.dea.gov.
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Short-Range Weather forecast overview for the North Central United States
A new effort is underway to build more disaster-resistant homes in the central United States, an area more prone to tornadoes and severe weather.
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One of the largest severe weather outbreak so far this year occurred this week as powerful winds, large hail and heavy rains pummeled the Plains and parts of the Ohio Valley over the course of several days.Read Story >