The Santa Monica Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 where the public can dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for free.

During the event an officer will be available at the curb in front of the Santa Monica Police Department, 333 Olympic Drive, where visitors can drive up and drop off unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds, or 188 tons, of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

Law enforcement officials say this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, as medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, including flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety and health hazards, officials say.