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Free expired and unwanted medication disposal event offered

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement —MADGE — Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host an event where Rogue Valley residents can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions at Medford City Hall, 411 W. 8th St. from 10 a.m. to p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

The service is free and anonymous.

The event is to reduce medication abuse and theft, rates of U.S. drug abuse are "alarmingly high," according to a news release.

Similar DEA events around the U.S. during last year's event collected 188 tons of prescription drugs.