Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - An estimated 11.8 million Americans misused opioids in 2016, and studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

That is why the Mayo Clinic is partnering up with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the Zumbro Valley Medical Society and the Drug Enforcement Agency to sponsor the 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28th.

The Mayo Clinic will host a community drop-off location to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of your unused prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medication.

The public is encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications in Rochester from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gonda Building circle drive entrance on Third Avenue Southwest. You can access the drop-off site from Second Street Southwest by turning north onto Third Avenue Southwest and entering the circle drive to the Gonda West entrance. Participants will drive up and hand off their medication and it will be disposed of by the DEA and Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department. The service is free and anonymous.

During last years drug take back event, 964 pounds of unwanted and unused medications were collected in Olmsted County.

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