A collection program for unwanted or expired prescription drugs will take place Saturday at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.
The free program, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. The collection site will be at the rear of Town Hall.
Organizers say the drop-offs can be made anonymously, no questions asked.
Nationwide last year, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds — 121 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, according to a release from Westport police.
Medicines that languish unused are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, police said. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses caused by these drugs, police said.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, police said.
People are also advised that usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.