TPD is encouraging residents to turn in unwanted and expired medications.

Courtesy of DEA

Don't let your unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs fall into the wrong hands.

The Tehachapi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will accept them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the TPD, 220 W. C St.

This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

According to a TPD news release, this will be the 13th time in seven years TPD has offered the public the chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous drugs.

Americans turned in more than 730,000 pounds of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners last October, the news release said. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 7.1 million pounds — more than 3,500 tons — of pills. 

For more information, go to the DEA diversion website or call the TPD at 822-2222.