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SACRAMENTO, CA- Prescription medication users will have an opportunity on Saturday to safely eliminate unwanted medicine.

Across the country from 10a.m. to 2p.m., local police officials will be working alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency to help folks dispose of dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is based on a national initiative to lower the already staggeringly high prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S.

The effort is, in part, to helpstop accidental poisoningsthat could potentially lead to overdoses and death. Health officials saidprescription medication users should notflush down or throw out unused pills because it poses a health risk to the public.

For those who believe this free and anonymous service would benefit them, there will several disposal locations available including:

- The Kennedy Community Center at 2800 S. D St., Rite Aid in Sacramento

- Lincoln Center South at 6455 Pacific Ave. -St. Michael's Church at 5882 N. Ashley Lane in Stockton

- Mountain House Community Center at 230 S. Sterling Dr. in Mountain House

- The front lobby of the Citrus Heights Police Department located at 6315 Fountain Square Drive

- Tracy City Hall at 324 East 11th Street

You can also go to theDEA siteand type in yourzip codeto find a location closer to you.

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