UCF will be holding its fifth annual drug take-back event in the John T. Washington Center today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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UCF will be holding its fifth annual drug take-back event in the John T. Washington Center today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students can bring unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to the booth in the Breezeway. The UCF Police Department will collect the drugs and store them until the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration picks them up on Sept. 27, the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back-Day.

The drop-off is anonymous, with no questions asked. No needles will be accepted, but pills, inhalers, liquids, pet medication and ointments are welcome.

The effort was started as a means of safely getting rid of unwanted drugs and inhibiting drug abuse.

"The initiative is important because medicine that sits in home cabinets is subject to misuse or abuse, which is why organizers suggest cleaning out your medicine chest at least once a year," the release states.

Additionally, permanent drug disposal bins are available on the first floor of the Student Union and at the Health Center.

For more information on the national initiative, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

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