New Canaan Police, along with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, will take part in the National Prescription Drug Takeback Day this weekend, giving residents a way to clear their medicine cabinets of opioids and other hazardous medications.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can bring unused, potentially dangerous medications and prescriptions to Walgreens Pharmacy at 36 Pine St., Lt. Carol Ogrinc said.

Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine are not part of the collection, nor are intravenous solutions, injectables, and needles, according to the announcement from New Canaan Police.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are on the rise, according to New Canaan police, and the proper disposal and destruction of drugs is a public safety and environmental issue.

Police maintain a medication drop box in the lobby of the police station at 174 South Ave.; accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Since its inception in 2011, residents have turned over more than 1,400 pounds of unwanted or dangerous medication through the box.

Martin Cassidy