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National prescription pill take back slated for Saturday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --The national prescription drug take back wants to take left over pills off your hands.

Prescription drugs can help ward off sickness but once you are well and the pills are left behind what's next?

"There are people who break into homes just to see if they can find these opioids that are out there by getting rid of them it lessens the chance that your home may get broken into for drugs," said Earle Ferrell, Shelby County Sheriff's office.

The prescription drug take back is hoping to clean out medicine cabinets in hopes of keeping pills from falling into the wrong hands and beyond just tempting those who are battling addiction it's also about getting rid of them the right way and not leaving them around once they aren't needed.

"It also keeps people from flushing them down the toilet, but that gets into the water supply and pollutes it even more," said Ferrell.

The event gives people the chance to keep pill a use down and avoid water contamination through offering a safe, convenient, and responsible way to part ways with the pills.

Shelby county has three locations set up for tomorrow but there are dozens of other locations. The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.