If you've got expired or unwanted prescription drugs lying around, Saturday's the day to get rid of them.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a chance for patients to safely dispose of prescriptions that are prone to abuse and theft, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which leads the initiative.

Medicines have been flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash only to be found in the nation's water supply or retrieved from the garbage by those who sell or abuse them, according to the DEA.

So it held its first Take-Back Day in September 2010 with the goal of securely disposing of prescription drugs.

During the seventh Take-Back Day on Oct. 26, 2013, Pennsylvanians turned in 38,196 pounds of medications at the 418 take-back sites, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The service is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

Local police departments will collect prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

* Hanover Police: Giant, 455 Eisenhower Drive in Hanover

* Hellam Township Police: Hellam Township Police Department, 44 Walnut Springs Road in Hellam Township

* Pennsylvania State Police: Wal-Mart, 495 Eisenhower Drive in Hanover; Giant, 801 Baltimore St.


in Penn Township

* Northern York County Regional Police: Giant, 2130 Palomino Road in Dover Township

* Southern Regional Police: Giant, 14635 Mount Airy Road in Shrewsbury

* West Manchester Township Police: Giant, 1255 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township

* York Area Regional Police: Giant, 3175 Cape Horn Road in Windsor Township; Giant, 275 Pauline Drive in York Township

- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.