The Centerville Police Department is among the Middle Georgia agencies participating in a national campaign Saturday that urges people to drop off expired and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.
According to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration news release, the nationwide prescription drug initiative called "Take-Back" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The impetus for the event is the problem of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings and overdoses, with the majority of abused drugs taken from family and friends, the release stated.
Also, many people don't realize the potential safety and health hazards of flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them away, the release stated.
Other Middle Georgia agencies on a list of collection sites include the Oconee Drug Task Force in Eastman and the Milledgeville Police Department. The list, which is updated daily, can be accessed at www.dea.gov.