Unused, unwanted or expired medications will be collected in Siskiyou County April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dunsmuir, Mount Shasta, Weed and Yreka.

Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction, in partnership with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency, is sponsoring the 2017 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 29.

This nationwide initiative is part of an effort to address a public safety and public health issue: unused medicines, when stored in the home, are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high,” according to a news release from Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction, “as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

“Studies show that nearly 70 percent of misused prescription pain relievers are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose substantial environmental health hazards.”

This Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will provide the public with the opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medication, which will help to eliminate the possibility of dangerous medications being misused.

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted, including liquids and inhalers. Needles, syringes and illicit substances (marijuana, methamphetamines, etc.) cannot be accepted.

Medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Dunsmuir Sheriff’s Office, 5902 Dunsmuir Avenue.

• Mount Shasta Police Department, 202 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

• Weed Police Department, 550 Main Street.

• Luke’s Yreka Drug, 829 S. Main Street, Yreka.

• Yreka Sheriff’s Office, 305 Butte Street.

For more information contact Siskiyou Against Rx Addiction at siskiyousafeRx@gmail.com.