Fillmore County law enforcement agencies are participating in the 2014 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, April 26.

Local residents may dispose of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals and other medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at six collection sites throughout the county.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is working with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States on this initiative, which focuses on removing potentially dangerous drugs from the nation's homes by providing an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceuticals and other medications to law enforcement officers for proper disposal.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the program is absolutely anonymous. "No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present."

Jensen added that the goal of DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is the proper, safe disposal of all types of controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications - including pills, liquids and creams. He requests no syringes.

Drop-off locations:

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

• Rushford Police Department, 405 Elm Street South.

• Lanesboro Community Center, 202 Parkway South.

• Harmony Community Center, 225 3rd Avenue SW.

• Chatfield Police Department, 21 2nd Street SE.

• Spring Valley Fire Hall, 112 West Courtland.

More information about the April event, including a link to locate a collection site near you, will be posted on the DEA website, or you may call the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office at (507) 765-3874.