Where to drop off the drugs

These are the locations in the tri-county area listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Berkeley County:

Sheriff's Office, 223 N. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner

Magistrate's Office, 303 N. Goose Creek Blvd., Goose Creek

Naval Exchange, 1765 Redbank Rd., Suite 100, Goose Creek

Charleston County:

Ashley River Fire Dept., 8045 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston

Base Exchange (Joint Base Charleston - access to base required), 101 Lawson Dr., Building 1990

North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane

Sheriff's Office, 3505 Pinehaven Dr., North Charleston

Vincent Drug Store, 110 Planted Row Lane, Johns Island

Dorchester County:

Sheriff's Office, 212 Deming Way, Summerville

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming up with local partners Saturday to arrange drop-off spots where people can turn in unwanted or expired prescription drugs, no questions asked.

It's part of the eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is meant to reduce the theft and abuse of prescription drugs. The DEA says more Americans abuse prescription drugs than abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.

The drugs are often obtained from friends, family members, and home medicine cabinets according to the DEA.

"Through this collaborative effort, we will eliminate a major source for abused prescription drugs and make our communities safer," said Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge at the DEA Atlanta Field Division.

Prescription drugs can also get into the environment and affect wildlife if they are disposed of improperly.

The DEA lists nine locations in the tri-county area where prescription drugs will be accepted Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. To search for locations online visit dea.gov and click on the "Got Drugs?" icon, or call 800-882-9539.

Pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites. Liquids and needles will not be collected.

Many pharmacies and police departments also have information about disposing of unwanted or expired drugs.

Reach David Slade at 937-5552