Check your medicine cabinet. You'll probably find expired prescription drugs there. They are not safe anymore and disposing of them could cause safety concerns. Keeping them invites misuse,  abuse and theft. Here is a safe way to get rid of them.

Getty images/Leonard Lessin

According to a press release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office 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—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  You can bring old or un-needed prescription drugs to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.