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The UCF Police Department and Student Health Services, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, are teaming up to lead the sixth annual Drug Take Back Day.

The free, anonymous service will provide members of the UCF community to hand over any unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs with no questions asked, according to a press release.

The event will take place inside the Student Union on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The initiative aims to address a public safety and health issue while giving people an opportunity to prevent pill abuse.

UCF Police will then store the drugs turned in until the DEA collects them Sept. 26.

In the previous nine nationwide Take Back Day events, 2,411 tons of drugs were collected from 2010 to 2014.

"Rates of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. are alarmingly high, and studies show that a majority of these drugs are obtained from family and friends," according to the release.

For additional information about the initiative, visit the DEA website.

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Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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