The Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit, Foundations for Franklin County, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, people may bring their medications for disposal to Franklin County police departments in St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan, Union and Washington. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 28 takeback day event, go to the DEA Diversion website at