Lampasas Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back on Saturday.

The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police department, 301 E. Fourth St. Individuals also can go online to https://takebackday.dea.gov/ to locate the nearest drop-off point in other communities.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

• The DEA will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers only after the batteries are removed from the devices. The DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries.

• If the battery cannot be removed, individuals can check with large electronic chain stores that may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal.

• Individual consumers also may contact their local hazardous materials management facility to determine if they accept these devices and for additional guidance on proper disposal.

The DEA’s Take Back Day provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths, LPD officials said.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.