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You might want to clean out your medicine cabinet.

This weekend you can drop off old prescription medicine at law enforcement agencies across south Georgia.

Prescription drug abuse is increasing.

Law enforcers say part of the problem is the fact that abusers can easily get their hands on unused medicine. The DEA's second annual 'Take-Back Initiative' will properly dispose of those potentially dangerous pills.

Medicine in cabinets at many homes is highly susceptible to abuse and misuse. That's why the DEA is sponsoring the 'Take-Back Initiative' for people to drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions. Prescription pills are often easy to get.

"I've had several of my clients that said how did you maintain taking 200 milligrams of loritab every day I mean where did you get that from and they said well I'd go to my friends house and go to the bathroom and their pills would come up missing," said Casey Corbin, the Greenleaf Outpatient Program Director.

The DEA initiative this weekend is to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, much of which is pain pill abuse.

Corbin says if you have a reason to take opiates, they make you sleepy.

"For someone who's actually abusing it it actually gives them energy," said Corbin.

"If they're not going to use them if you don't have an active prescription to take them even if it's in your name, even if the script has expired it's really good idea to dispose of those," said Corbin.

Those pills that are collected at various sites including Nashville Police Department and Lanier County Sheriff's Office will be destroyed.

So make your home safe and take back those prescriptions.

The nationwide event is Saturday from 10 to 2. To find a site nearest you, go to www.dea.gov and if you need to talk to someone about drug abuse or addiction you can call the Greenleaf 24 hour help line at 1-800-247-2747 or go to their web site www.greenleafcenter.org.

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