To fight abuse, public asked to turn in old medication

LOS ANGELES — Federal drug enforcement agents are encouraging the public to clean out their medicine cabinets.

Later this month, at almost 3,000 sites across the nation, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration will invite members of the public to turn in expired or leftover prescription and over-the-counter medications for disposal.

Officials say the drugs are being increasingly abused and can often find their way from medicine cabinets to the black market.

"Individuals come and give unused, unwanted and expired medications, no questions asked," said DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen. "Unfortunately prescription drugs are the only drugs we're seeing an increase in abuse for."

The Sept. 25 collection is a partnership between the DEA and local law enforcement, Pullen said.

To find a participating location, go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov /takeback/