On Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the McPherson Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the McPherson Joint Law Enforcement Center at 1177 W. Woodside Street.

The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away —both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website, or contact Executive Sgt. Mark Brinck at the McPherson Police Department, by phone at 620-245-1206.