The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps — only pills or patches.
“The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked,” sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis said in a press release.
The collection event will follow local COVID-19 guidelines.
“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Sgt. Lewis said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”
The U.S. also has 11,000 authorized collectors — including some pharmacies — available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.