Bay Area residents with unused prescription medications sitting around the house can safely dispose of them at their local police department and other locations this Saturday during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event, organized in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, helps keep harmful chemicals out of local water systems and out of the hands of anyone who might accidentally or intentionally consume someone else’s medicine — an issue that has become particularly of issue due to the opioid epidemic, the DEA said.

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In November 2021, the DEA reported its October take-back day resulted in the removal of 745,000 pounds of unneeded prescriptions from medicine cabinets.

The April 30 collection event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also includes E-cigarettes and vape pens with batteries removed but does not include injection needles.

For more information about local take-back locations and disposal methods, visit the searchable collection site database or contact your local police department.