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Prescription drug take-back day set

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That bottle of half used oxycodone in the medicine cabinet has been on the shelf for months. You forgot about it. The bottle, however, may be exactly what a teenager with access to that medicine cabinet is looking to find.

Drug overdose deaths among teenagers 15 to 19 years old are up 91% in the past decade. According to DEA New Orleans Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jimmie Fox, every day 2,000 teenagers in the United States use prescription drugs for the first time - for the sole purpose of getting high.

Saturday, September 29, is the DEA's fifth National Prescription Drug  Take-Back Day. In northern Alabama, there will be more than 30 drug take-back sites available. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find the site closest to you, visit www.dea.gov and click on the "Got drugs?" icon.

Monday, on focus@4, Assistant Special Agent in Charge DEA - Clay Morris and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Joyce Vance, will talk with Pam Huff about the take-back program and the problem of prescription drug abuse by young people.

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