(WTVM) - Homes will be safer for children and teens come this weekend.
The Auburn Police Division and AU's School of Pharmacy are partnering to host the 2014 Drug Take Back event on April 26.
"The reason that we do it is to avoid drug diversion, which is where you have unused drugs in your medicine cabinet or a drawer and then your kids my get their hand on it and start abusing the drugs," explains Captain Will Mathews of the Auburn Police Division.
Eliminating drug abuse and accidental overdoses are the main goal of this annual, nationwide event.
Last year, over 100 pounds of various medications was collected in Auburn and ultimately destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"As far as overdoses, a child can mistake a tablet for a M&M or Skittle," says AU Pharmacy student, Adam Patterson.
In 2013, a bill was passed allowing pharmacies to take back any drugs prescribed to patients except controlled substances.
This weekend, because it is an event sponsored by law enforcement and the DEA, you will be able to get rid of these substances.
"Whether its pain medication, or anxiety medication, they have the opportunity to turn them in on Saturday," explains Patterson.
Auburn Pharmacy students will be at 10 different locations around the state offering help collecting medication.
By participating, you are also doing your part to help the environment.
It can be seriously harmful to our health if you flush your prescriptions down the toilet or throw them in the trash.
"This has become a big safety concern for the environment because of it getting into the natural water source for the community," says Patterson.
"This is a great opportunity for people to empty out those medicine cabinets of all the drugs that are just sitting around that are no longer used," explains Mathews, "We can submit them to the DEA for proper destruction."
The event will be Saturday April 26th from 10 am to 2pm at Our Pharmacy on Moore's Mill Road in Auburn.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office will be collecting medications at Beuregard Drugs in Opelika.
The Chambers County Sheriff's Office will be collecting medications at CVS Pharmacy on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lanett.