A 2018 national survey on drug use and health revealed 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
Local police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are hoping to lower the risk.
Altoona Police and other precincts are taking part in the 2020 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday.
It’s a free, anonymous, no questions asked collection of expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications.
Police said it’s a good opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the government agency sponsoring the annual event, a nationally conducted survey concluded most abused prescriptions came from friends and family.
The DEA said national take back day can help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Many police departments throughout our area will be taking part in the collection.
In Blair county, the Altoona Police are collecting prescriptions Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thompson Pharmacy on Chestnut Avenue in Altoona.
The Blair County Sheriff’s Office will also be collecting from outside the Blair County courthouse.
Altoona Police and the DEA want to remind you they will not accept any liquids or needles, only pills and patches.