Local agencies will participate in a dedicated federal drug enforcement take back program on Saturday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has declared Oct. 28 National "Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" to address what it calls “a crucial public safety and public health issue.”

Locally, the Madison Police Department will be accepting items for disposal in the old Tulane parking lot on Main Street and The Flora Police Department will be accepting at their building on Carter Street.

Mississippians can help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by using this event that is designed to be a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of unused or expired prescription medications, including the powerful painkillers known as opioids, according to DEA-Mississippi Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux.

“Mississippi ranks 32nd among the 50 states in population, with 2.9 million people. And it ranks fifth among the states for the number of opioid prescriptions, with 3.1 million in 2016,” said Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy.

Prescription medications in all forms will be accepted for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 28 at locations around the state.  To locate a nearby site, go online to https://takebackday.dea.gov.