PORTLAND — More than 160 locations around Maine are taking unwanted and expired prescription drugs for the 4th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Residents on Saturday can turn over prescription drugs at police and fire stations, drug stores, town halls and other locations across Maine in an effort to have the drugs properly disposed of instead of being flushed down toilets or sent to landfills.

Maine residents turned in more than 7 tons of unwanted prescription drugs during last fall’s national drug take-back initiative — making Maine the sixth-ranked state for amount of drugs collected during the day.

The initiative is put on by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Nearly a million of pounds of prescription drugs were turned in during the three previous take-back days.

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