Delaware collected 5,518 pounds of unwanted or expired medicine according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Division of Public Health during the 15th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event Oct. 28.

Since the first event in May 2010, Delaware has collected a total of 76,474 pounds of unwanted or expired medicine.

In addition to the 22 locations statewide Oct. 28, there are also 21 permanent medicine drop-off locations throughout the state. DPH officials say the increase in collections can be attributed to the cumulative efforts of the permanent drug collection sites, which turned in their medications collected during several months to the DEA on the day of the event.

For recommendations on handling unwanted or expired prescription drugs, call 800-882-9539. View a list of permanent drug disposal sites at delawarehealthyhomes.org.