PLANO (KRLD) — A national initiative aimed at saving lives allows residents to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs in a convenient and responsible way.

The free National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 26, is free and anonymous.

Plano Officer David Tilley says the rate of prescription drug abuse and overdoses in the United States just keeps growing.

“Not always are they done intentionally,” said Tilley. “Sometimes, people will keep these medications and possibly take the wrong medication as a result and overdose on those.”

The initiative also aims to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted. Needles, inhalers, and illegal drugs will not be accepted.

More information, as well as a list of drop-off points, can be located on the DEA website.

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