Local law enforcement plans to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sixth National Take Back Initiative (NTBI) in 2013 for collection and disposal of unused, expired or un-needed prescription drugs.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, along with the Preston, Rushford and Chatfield police departments, are participating in the nationwide event on April 27. This year, there are five different locations in Fillmore County where the public can drop off their medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The five locations that will be available Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

• Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, 901 Houston Street NW Preston

• Chatfield City Hall - 21 2nd Street SE

• Mabel City Hall - 201 South Main

• Rushford Police Department - 405 South Elm Street

• Spring Valley Fire Hall - 112 West Courtland

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen reminds people that this is a great time to get rid of those unused, expired and or un-needed prescription drugs. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends - and the home medicine cabinet.

Jensen said that the people should not throw drugs in the trash because they can be retrieved, abused and illegally sold. Unused drugs should not be flushed because they can contaminate the water supply. Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old and or un-needed drugs, he said.

There is no cost to the public.

For more information on the Fillmore County take-back program, you can call the sheriff's office at (507) 765-3874 or contact your local police department in Rushford, Chatfield or Preston.