LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fighting a national drug epidemic one prescription at a time.

"We will lose 47 thousand people this year to a drug overdose.  That is a stunning number.  About 30 thousand people die each year in car accidents.  It's a horrific number.  About 30 thousand people die each year from firearms.  That is a horrific number.  This number, 47 thousand, is fifty percent higher," Chuck Rosenberg, DEA Acting Administrator, said. 

Saturday was the US Drug Enforcement Agency's national drug take-back day.

The DEA asked anyone who had unused or expired prescription medications to get rid of them at drop off locations.

More than five-thousand drop off sites around the country were open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, including four locations in Louisville.

The service was a free "no-questions-asked" process.

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