York County residents can drop off unused prescription drugs during a National Drug Take Back Day on April 26.

Seven local police departments will collect drugs at eight locations across the county.

Organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with local and state police taking part, the events have proven successful since introduced nearly four years ago.

During a take back day in October, 324 tons of the unwanted drugs were turned in at sites across the nation, according to the DEA.

That brings the total amount collected over the course of seven take-back events to 1,733 tons.

Safe disposal: The events are one of the safest ways to get rid of the unused prescription drugs. Medications flushed down toilets are harmful to the environment and pills haphazardly tossed in the trash can be had by those who abuse drugs or sell them, law enforcement officials have said.

Residents can also drop off medications year-round at some police stations as part of a program by the York County Solid Waste Authority. The authority started its program, which allows residents to deposit unwanted medications in receptacles found at 11 police stations in the county, in 2012.

Residents also can arrange to take the drugs to the York County Resource Recovery Center, 2651 Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township.

Taking part: During the drug take back day, state police, along with West Manchester Township, York Area Regional, Northern York County Regional, Hellam Township, Hanover and Southern York County Regional police departments will host collection sites.

People with unwanted prescription drugs may drop them off at the following locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26:

•Giant Food Store, 3175 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion

•Giant Food Store, 1255 Carlisle Road, York

•Giant Food Store, 201 Baltimore St., Hanover

•Giant Food Store Pharmacy, 455 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover

•Giant Food Store, 2130 Palomino Road, Dover

•Giant Food Store, 275 Pauline Drive, York

•Giant Food Store, 14635 Mt. Airy Road, Shrewsbury

•Hellam Township Police Department: 44 Walnut Springs Road, Hallam

In Adams: Here is a list of locations in Adams County:

•Gettysburg Area Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg

•State police Gettysburg barracks, 3033 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg

•Alpha Fire Co., 40 East King St., Littlestown

•Bermudian Springs School Complex, 7335 Carlisle Pike, York Springs

•Biglerville Hose and Truck Co. ,111 S. Main St., Biglerville

•Eastern Adams Regional Police Department, 110 North Berlin Ave., New Oxford

•Fairfield Fire & EMS Department, 106 Steelman St., Fairfield

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.