North Shore Suburbs – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the take back location nearest you (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, the state of Illinois turned in 43,408 lbs. of prescription drugs at 153 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,223 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, Americans turned in 450 tons.

Participating locations, Evanston Police Department, 1454 Elmwood Ave., Glenview Police Department, 2500 E. Lake Ave., Kenilworth Police Department, 419 Richmond Rd.,

Northbrook Police Department, 1401 Landwehr Rd., Northfield Police Department, 350 Walnut St., Skokie Police Department, 7300 Niles Center Rd., Winnetka Fire Station 428, Green Bay Rd.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website and to find out more information about prescription drug misuse