Several local law enforcement agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration will recognize National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The program lets residents take unused or unwanted prescription drugs to designated drop off sites to safely dispose of them.
During the National Drug Take Back Day, unwanted medications can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday at the Livingston Police Department on 1446 C St., Fiesta Supermarket at 344 Main St. in Livingston and the UC Merced Police Department at 5200 N. Lake Road.
The Merced County Sheriff's Department will have three locations to drop off unwanted prescription drugs: the department's parking lot at 700 W. 22nd St. in Merced, Merced College's Parking Lot C at 3600 M St. and the sheriff's Delhi substation parking lot at 9481 Shanks Road.
Each year, more than 22,000 people nationwide die from drug overdoses, according to a 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines languishing in home cabinets are highly prone to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to a news release.
In 2007, some 28,000 people died from unintentional drug overdoses, mostly from prescription drugs, according to the DEA.
After five National Drug Take Back Days, more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs have been collected nationwide, according to the DEA.