By Danielle Bjorlo, WVUA 23 Staff

The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force is providing residents a safe and easy way to dispose of unused or expired medications this weekend.

It’s part of the 10th annual Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“In the past four years they’ve been doing this take back, they’ve had 2.4 tons of this stuff taken, so there’s a lot of prescription medication out there,” said Tuscaloosa Police Department Sgt. Brent Blankley. “We just hope to get it off the streets so we don’t see it end up back on the streets in Tuscaloosa.”

Blankley said the event has been a huge success across the country.

Drop boxes for expired or unused medications are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Boxes are located at:

  • Rite Aid, 2300 McFarland Blvd. in Northport
  • K-Mart, 635 Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa
  • Walgreen’s, 4400 University Blvd. E. in Tuscaloosa

Locations will not accept liquids, needles or medical equipment.

For more information about prescription drug disposal, visit DEA.org.

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