The Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative.

The Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22.

Locations include: Delaware State Police Troop 3, 3759 South State St., Camden; Delaware State Police Troop 4, 23652 Shortly Road, Georgetown; Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes; Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 LaGrange Ave., Newark; and Christiana Care, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark.

The service is free and anonymous. 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 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 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, visit bit.ly/2d9RNVt.