MANCHESTER - On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners will hold its seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, operating collection sites around the nation.

At these sites, the public can turn in their unused, unneeded, and expired prescription medications.

Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. Collection sites around the nation can be found by going to www.dea.gov and entering home state or zip code - in Manchester, please stop by the Manchester Police Department located at 6041 Main Street. This service is free and anonymous.

Last April on DEA's sixth nationwide take back day, Americans turned in over 742,497 pounds - 371 tons - of prescription drugs at 5,829 sites operated by DEA, state and local law enforcement partners. In Vermont, the public turned in a total of 2,394 pounds of drugs, the largest amount ever collected in Vermont to date. When the results of the six previous take back days are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners have removed more than 2.8 million pounds - 1,409 tons - of medication from circulation nationwide.

To date, over 40 collection sites have been established in Vermont for this take back day. Additional sites will be added prior to Oct. 26.