The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department will join with the Drug Enforcement Agency in the seventh nationwide Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 26.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs will be collected at four sites in the Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction:
Sheriff's Garfield Station, 5510 Garfield Ave., in the Foothill Farms area.
Sheriff's Florin Station, 7000 65th St., in the Florin area.
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova.
Antelope High School, 7801 Titan Drive, Antelope.
The service is free, and people dropping off prescription drugs can remain anonymous.
Collection sites will accept any medicines in capsule or tablet form. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine also are not part of this program, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.
Authorities encourage residents to take advantage of the collection sites to safely dispose of medications, noting that medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. They cite studies that show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away also create potential safety and health hazards.