Curry County residents with unwanted or expired prescription drugs can dispose of them by dropping them off at the Brookings Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The program is completely anonymous. The police department is located at 898 Elk Dr.

"We're going to box them all up and the Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) will pick them up and incinerate them," said Cliff Weeks, a Brookings Police reserve officer.

No needles are allowed, Weeks said.

The police department doesn't have the means to safely handle needles, he said.

He also reminded people that the police department accepts unwanted prescription drugs all year round.

The department is joining other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday.

The initiative wascreated to reduce the number of children taking prescription drugs by mistake or to get high.

The program's campaign material states, "Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even know it."

During last year's event, Myrna Barber, of the Curry County Commission for Children and Families (CCCCF), said that substance abuse is one of the biggest challenges for children.

"While alcohol and marijuana are the most frequently abused drugs, unfortunately the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication is on the rise," Barber said.

Weeks said turning in the drugs will keep them out of the landfills or from being flushed down the toilet, "which isn't good for the environment."