Residents have two local sites Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

This free, anonymous program is sponsored in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

• Troop I-Bethany, 631 Amity Road, Bethany, sponsored by the Connecticut State Police.

• The Milford Senior Center parking lot, 9 Jepson Drive, sponsored by the Milford Police Department, the Milford Prevention Council, rain or shine. There will be an area set up as a “drive-through” service for your convenience.

No questions will be asked.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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 — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.

Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the attorney general to accept them.

The act also allows the attorney general to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. Local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug takebacks every few months.

The initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.