RIVERSIDE -

Riverside County residents who want to get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs will be welcome to discard them Saturday as part of National Drug Take-Back Day.

The effort led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is aimed at taking commonly abused drugs  out of circulation.

"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,'' according to the DEA. 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.

Flushing drugs down the toilet is frowned upon.

According to the DEA, during April's Drug Take-Back campaign, Americans discarded 742,497 pounds of prescription drugs at 10,141 locations around the country.

Riverside County residents are being asked to drop off unwanted pills at the following sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday:

-- Desert Hot Springs Police Department, 65950 Pierson Blvd.;
   -- Home Instead Senior Care Center, 414 S. Palm St., Hemet
   -- Kaiser Permanente Hospital-Riverside, parking lot, 10800 Magnolia Ave.;
   -- Murrieta Police Department, 2 Town Square;
   -- sheriff's Cabazon station, 50290 Main St.;
   -- sheriff's Hemet station, 43950 Acacia Ave.;
   -- sheriff's Jurupa Valley station, 7477 Mission Blvd.;
   -- sheriff's Lake Elsinore station, 333 Limited Ave.;
   -- sheriff's Moreno Valley station, 22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos;
   -- sheriff's Palm Desert station, 73705 Gerald Ford Drive;
   -- sheriff's Perris station, 137 N. Perris Blvd.;
   -- sheriff's Southwest station, 30755 Auld Road, Murrieta; and
   -- sheriff's Thermal Station, 86625 Airport Blvd.
No questions will be asked of people disposing of pills or other medications, according to organizers. More information is available at http://www.dea.gov.