Get ready to empty your medicine cabinet of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications this Saturday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, working with local police departments, is holding a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27th.

Collections will take place from 10 am to 2 pm at police stations across Greater New Bedford and the Southcoast.

 They include Police Headquarters at Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford, and police stations in Westport, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Wareham, Fall River and the Bristol County Sheriff's Office in Dartmouth.

The D-E-A says the Drug Take-Back Day is important because the rate of prescription drug abuse in the U-S is alarmingly high, along with accidental poisonings and overdoses due to prescription drugs.

Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, reminds residents that sharing, selling, or stealing prescription pills is illegal, and worse it can lead to addiction.

Last October, more than 80,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in New England during the D-E-A's 16th Drug Take-Back Day.

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