EMERYVILLE -- Police will hold a Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27, to let people drop off unused or expired prescription drugs.

Collection boxes will be set up at the station, 2449 Powell St., where people can drop off their unused prescription drugs anonymously, no questions asked.

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the police department is taking part in efforts to address the public safety and health issues related to prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription medications are often time abused," said Emeryville police Sgt. Fred Dauer. "There's a large underground market for narcotics, and to get that medication that is sitting around and has potential for abuse is wonderful."

The Emeryville police has collected 153 pounds of unwanted drugs since its first Drug Take-Back Day in October 2011. The April 27 event will be the fourth in Emeryville.

Nationwide, the DEA has collected more than 2 million pounds in the course of five Take Back events in partnership with thousands of state and local law enforcement departments.

Collection boxes will be available at the Drug Take-Back Day on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 510-596-3700.



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