Delaware will hold its 16th Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at 24 locations statewide, to help reduce the risk of prescription medications being diverted for misuse.

Organized nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration and locally by the Division of Public Health, the twice-a-year event has resulted in 76,474 pounds of medication being collected in 15 events since 2010. Properly discarding unused medications is an important ongoing event in the effort to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. Doing so reduces the risk of addiction by keeping prescription medications out of the hands of people who may misuse, abuse or sell them, and helps reduce the risk of drug overdoses. Proper disposal also protects our groundwater from medications being flushed down the toilet.

In addition to the 24 sites participating in Drug Take-Back Day activities, there are 21 permanent medicine drop-off locations across the state available year-round. Six of Delaware’s permanent drop-off sites are in Walgreens pharmacies and the other 15 are located in local law enforcement agencies.

On Drug Take-Back Day, drugs for disposal must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack or zipped plastic bag, with personal information removed. Liquid medications must be in their original containers. Needles, aerosols, biohazard materials, medical equipment and batteries will not be accepted.

New Castle County Drug Take-Back Day sites for April 28 are Christiana Care Surgical Center, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark; Delaware City Police Department, 407 Clinton St.; Delaware State Police Troop 2, 100 La Grange Ave., Newark; Middletown Police Department, 130 Hampden Road; New Castle County Airport, 151 N. Dupont Highway; New Castle County Police Department, 3601 N. Dupont Highway (permanent collection site); Shipley Manor Nursing Home, 2723 Shipley Road, Wilmington; and Wilmington VA Medical Center, 1601 Kirkwood Highway.

Kent County Drug Take-Back Day sites for April 28 are Atlantic Apothecary, 103. S. Dupont Blvd., Suite 2, Smyrna; Camden Police Department, 1783 Friends Way (permanent collection site); Cheswold Police Department, 691 Main St.; Delaware State Police Troop 3, 3759 S. State St.; Felton Police Department, 24 E. Sewell St. (permanent collection site); and Milford Police Department, 400 NE Front St. (permanent collection site).

Sussex County Drug Take-Back Day sites for April 28 are city of Lewes Board of Public Works, 129 Schley Ave.; Dagsboro Police Department, 33134 Main St.; Delaware State Police Troop 7, 18006 Coastal Highway, Lewes; Laurel Police Department, 205 Mechanic St. (permanent collection site); Milton Police Department, 101 Federal St.; Ocean View Police Department, 201 Central Ave. (permanent collection site); CVS Pharmacy, 36252 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville; Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Road; Rehoboth Police Department, 229 Rehoboth Ave.; amd Selbyville Town Hall, 68 W. Church St. (permanent collection site).

For more, including a list of permanent collection sites, call 744-4546, ext. 4, or visit dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsp/hhdrugtakeback.html.