The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will once again participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug National Drug Take Back. The event will take place Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. According to Sheriff Tim Donnellon, anyone with unwanted or expired prescription pills can drop them off at either the Port Huron Township Office, located at 1170 Michigan Road, or the Algonac substation, located at 805 St. Clair River Drive. The Port Huron Police Department will also be participating in the event. Their drop-off site is at the Municipal Office Center, 100 McMorran Blvd. in downtown Port Huron. This is the 6th time the Sheriff’s Office has participated. Over the first five events, more than 240 pounds of pills have been collected and disposed of, including 101 pounds last September. Nationwide, 244 tons of prescription pills were collected at more than 5200 sites in the last event. The idea behind the program involves both public safety and public health. Pills left in medicine cabinets and cupboards have a good chance of being misused, abused or stolen. Studies have shown the majority of prescription drugs that are abused come from family and friends. A great number of these drugs are taken from the family medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high, along with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Along with that, we now know that the usual way of disposing of these medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is contaminating our drinking water, causing a public health hazard. Sheriff Donnellon asks that you bring your expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs to either the Port Huron Township Office or the Algonac Substation. You can bring them in their original container or a baggie. When you arrive, simply dump the pills in the container provided. Only prescription pills will be accepted. No liquids, inhalers, syringes or other medication will be accepted, as we have no way to dispose of them. All pills collected will be turned over to the D.E.A. at the end of the day. For more information on the Drug Take Back Day, go to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website at www.dea.gov, or contact the Sheriff’s Office at (810) 987-1754.