PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Eyewitness News was in West Philadelphia for one of the hundreds of collections across the country. It’s a chance for people to safely get rid of medications that may be laying around their homes.

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In Philadelphia, last year there were more than 1,200 deadly drug overdoses.

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Drug enforcement leaders said many times addiction starts with the abuse or misuse of a prescription drug.

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“It’s widely known we are in the grips of the worst opioid crisis in our history,” Patrick Trainor from the Drug Enforcement Administration said. “There are a lot of public health issues going on right now, you know with COVID — the opioid epidemic has not stopped. In fact, it’s increased.”

Saturday was the 21st annual National Drug Takeback Day.

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And keep in mind, there are hundreds of permanent collection boxes at local police departments and pharmacies where you can go every day of the year.