Police agencies throughout the nation will be doing their part next weekend on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The initiative, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, is a way for residents to properly dispose of their expired or unwanted prescription medications.

The take-back event will be held Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DEA says a record number of residents took advantage of the program when it was held in April.

"On April 28th, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories," the DEA's website states.

"Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Here in Acadiana, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office will be collecting those prescriptions at the Lafayette Consolidated Government building at the corner of University Avenue and St. Landry Street.

Other drop-off locations in Acadiana:

Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office
1037 Capitol Ave.
Crowley, LA 70527

Broussard Police Department
Wal-Mart Parking Lot
123 St. Nazaire
Youngsville, LA 70592

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
500 E. Broad
Lake Charles, LA 70615

Louisiana State Police Troop I
121 E. Pont de Mouton Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70507

Ville Platte Police Department
114 Armand St.
Ville Platte, LA 70586

Other pick-up locations from throughout the country can be found by clicking HERE.