- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Federal drug agents want South Mississippi residents to turn in their unwanted prescription drugs Saturday.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1izWRnW) the program’s aim is to help curb prescription drug abuse in a region with the state’s highest rate of drug deaths.

The six southernmost counties have a drug death rate three times the state average, according to a 2013 report by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy.

The Drug Enforcement Administration will set up a drive-thru collection area Saturday on the west side of Edgewater Mall in Biloxi. It’s part of the DEA’s 10th nationwide drug take-back. Seven area law enforcement agencies will collect unwanted drugs at their stations or elsewhere.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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