Prescription and over-the-counter drugs that residents no longer need can safely be disposed during a special event on Saturday in Eau Claire and throughout the nation.

The Eau Claire County sheriff’s office is participating in a drug drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Center, 2116 Craig Road, on the city’s southwest side.

Altoona will be participating in its first-ever drug take back event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at its police station, 1904 Spooner Ave.

In addition to the ability to dispose of pills, patches, ointments and liquid drugs, Altoona police contracted with a service that accepts used or unused syringes and EPI pens.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is promoting Saturday as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is intended to allow people to dispose of excess prescription drugs so they don’t wind up in the hands of other family members or thieves.

The DEA had a similar promotion on Oct. 14, where people got rid of 456 tons of prescription drugs across 5,321 collection sites across the nation, according to the agency’s website.

Many local law enforcement agencies have prescription drug disposal drop-off boxes at their stations, which are open during typical office hours.

For example, the Eau Claire sheriff’s office accepts prescription drugs on weekdays in the lobby of the law enforcement center inside the courthouse and in the lobby of the county jail.

Information on other collection sites can be found at takebackday.dea.gov.