PITTSBURG — After recovering from an illness, it is encouraged to properly dispose of any unused, dangerous and expired prescription medications.

The Pittsburg Police Department is hosting a site location for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The site will be opened from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, Located at 201 North Pine Street, Pittsburg. This service is free of charge and individuals can remain anonymous.
“People can drop off any unwanted or unused medication, any type, no questions asked,” Pittsburg Police Department Lt. Ben Henderson said. “We turn it over to the DEA for proper disposal. It’s a safe alternative.”

Disposing prescriptions in the trash could potentially land into the hands of someone who shouldn’t have them, Henderson said adding, flushing prescriptions down the toilet or washing them down the sink could cause potential environmental issues in the waterways.

People are encouraged to keep sharps, needles, injectors and aerosol containers (inhalers) separate from other prescription medications. Because of their nature, these items will need to be disposed separately.

People can learn more about Take Back Day at takebackday.dea.gov.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.