People can drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications during the sixth nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. The goal is to rid homes of medications that can be abused or stolen. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with assistance from community, public health and law enforcement partners, such as municipal police departments. About 60 communities in Connecticut will have drop-off sites. Nearby locations are in Orange, Milford, Oxford, Newtown and Bridgeport (drop-off sites are open to people from all towns). The public can learn the specifics on the collection sites by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the \u201cGot Drugs?\u201d icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Collected drugs to be destroyed Once the potentially dangerous prescription drugs are collected, they will be destroyed by the DEA. People should not bring illegal drugs to the collection sites to be destroyed. \u201cPrescription drug abuse is a serious problem in New England and throughout our nation,\u201d said John J. Arvanitis, special agent in charge of the DEA for New England. \u201cThe abuse of these drugs damages our families and communities. \u201cThis Take-Back Day,\u201d Arvanitis continued, \u201cis an opportunity for everyone to remove these potentially dangerous prescriptions from their homes, thus diminishing the temptation of illicit use, potential theft and resale of these drugs.\u201d Source of prescription drug abuse According to press release on the initiative, the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines \u2014 such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash \u2014 can pose potential safety and health hazards. During the last Take-Back Day in September 2012, the DEA\u2019s New England Field Division collected 38,694 pounds of prescription medications. There were 539 return sites and 503 participating agencies in the six New England states.