Alaskans can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, April 27 at various collection spots around the state.

The 17th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for Alaskans to get rid of out of date, unused and unwanted drugs with no questions asked.

"Take-Back Day is a unique opportunity for Alaskans to protect their homes and medicine cabinets from theft and abuse," U.S. Attorney Schroder said in a statement. "Our country is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and all too often the abuse begins with prescription drugs. Getting old and unneeded prescriptions out of the home can help prevent addictions from starting."

Disposing of drugs can be an issue, and the DEA started the drug take-back program to encourage people to safely dispose of their medication. According to the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration, throwing drugs away in the trash or flushing them could cause safety problems or health hazards. 

There are 19 free drop-off sites across the state, collecting drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations in Anchorage include Providence Hospital (entrance #4) and Fred Meyer stores on Abbott Road and Muldoon Road. Other participating Fred Meyer stores are in Eagle River, Palmer, Fairbanks and Wasilla. Police departments in several communities are also participating including Fairbanks, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Palmer and Wasilla.

For a complete list, visit the DEA website.

The drop-off locations will not be accepting liquids, needles or sharps.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Alaskans turned in two tons of prescriptions last October.

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