Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will again join other law enforcement agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27.

This annual event, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is designed “to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications.”

Anyone with unused, unnecessary and/or unwanted prescription medication can drop them off at designated collection sites from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

There are more than 20 collection sites here in Rhode Island, including all four Rhode Island State Police Barracks:

* State Police Headquarters / Scituate Barracks, 311 Danielson Pike, Scituate

* Hope Valley Barracks, 54 Nooseneck Hill Road, Richmond

* Lincoln Woods Barracks, 1575 Old Louisquisett Pike, Lincoln

* Wickford Barracks, 7875 Post Road, North Kingstown

Please note: this disposal service is for prescription pills and patches only. No liquids or needles/sharps will be accepted. For more information about this program or to find other collection sites for Saturday’s event, visit the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day website, https://takebackday.dea.gov.

Please be advised: the Rhode Island State Police also accepts disposal of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs throughout the year. These can be dropped off at any of the State Police barracks noted above seven days a week, 24 hours a day.