The Vermilion/Municipal Narcotics Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public the opportunity to get rid of their unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs this Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, October 26th the Vermilion Sheriff's Office, along with other local law enforcement, will be on hand at the Highway 14 By-pass location of CVS and the Kaplan CVS to accept prescription drugs that are no longer needed.

The service is free and anonymous, and you can drop off the medicine with no questions asked.

The Vermilion/Municipal Task Force reports that last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds-more than 1,400 tons-of pills.

Officials say often times, if left unchecked, prescription medicines can be stolen, and they can fall into the hands of children causing accidental poisonings.

Officials no longer recommend flushing or throwing the drugs away, but giving them to law enforcement at "Take Back" events so they can be properly disposed of.