On Sept. 25, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Town of New Canaan's Police Department and Inland Wetlands Department will participate in the nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and promote the proper disposal of medications.

On Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the assistance of the National Guard, potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications will be collected for destruction at the Town of New Canaan Public Work's transfer station located at 394 Main Street.

The service is free and anonymous. Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications will be accepted. Intra-veinous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this initiative.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and environmental health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

"The New Canaan Police Department is committed to doing everything we can to make our community safer and this initiative represents a new front in those efforts," Chief Edward Nadriczny said. "We are reaching out to individuals and encourage them to take advantage of this free program to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse."

Greenwich, Stamford and Westport are also participating in this initiative. To learn more, visit www.dea.gov.