This prescription medication roundup gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
MSP posts collected roughly 802 pounds of prescription drugs during the last take-back day in October.
This Saturday, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will host its third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abused prescription drugs.
Items that are not accepted include needles, bloody or infectious waste, medication from businesses or clinics, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans or inhalers.
"A big part of this is reducing the likelihood of unused drugs being misused, or being accidentally take by children", Schepman said.
This weekend is the marking of the annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but the Union County Sheriff's Office says every day of the year they make it a point to collect prescription drugs.
DE will hold its 16th Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28 to help reduce the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that almost half of young people who inject heroin reported abusing prescription painkillers before starting to use heroin. The majority said they got the drugs from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
And there's a "green" reason to take advantage of Take Back Day.
Collection sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide.
Austin is urging residents to gather up any medication that they are no longer using, and bring them down to the drop-off location, so that they can be properly disposed of.
Labels and other identifying information may be removed from medication containers prior to drop-off.