Number of the Day:188 tons

April 25, 2012 | Number of The Day

This Saturday is dump day for old prescription drugs. In October, more than 188 tons of unwanted or expired medications were collected across the country. The efforts are part of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take-Back Days to prevent pollution and pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Hundreds of collection sites will be open in New Jersey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two years ago, medicine cabinets in the state were emptied of 14,436 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs.

The national numbers have continually increased with each Take-Back Day. More than 377,086 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were collected in October at the 5,327 sites in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the DEA.

To find a place to bring the drugs cleared from your medicine chest, the DEA provides a site search on its Take-Back site. Click here to find the site closest to you.