Area residents may want to clean out medicine cabinets Saturday as local law enforcement agencies set up drop-off points for safe disposal of old prescription drugs.

Area residents may want to clean out medicine cabinets Saturday as local law enforcement agencies set up drop-off points for safe disposal of old prescription drugs.

Various drop-off sites will be set up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Leavenworth and Lansing as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a federal Drug Enforcement Administration initiative.

The Leavenworth Police Department will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs at Price Chopper, 2107 S. Fourth St.

"We've been doing this for probably four years now," said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, Leavenworth Police Department deputy chief.

He said there's a number of reasons for properly disposing of unwanted medications.

Nicodemus said it used to be common for people to flush unwanted drugs down the toilet, but this can contaminate the water supply.

He said simply throwing away unused drugs can present its own problems.

"There are people who go through the trash," he said.

Old medications kept in a home can be stolen and abused.

"It's not uncommon for us to have a report of the theft of medication," Nicodemus said.

He said it seems the Police Department collects in excess of 100 pounds each time it hosts a Drug Take-Back Day drop-off location.

He said the collected drugs are turned over to the DEA for disposal.

The last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was in the fall.

"They always have them in the fall, and they always have them in the spring," Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said.

Last fall marked the first time the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office participated in Drug Take-Back Day.

Sherley said the Sheriff's Office will be participating again Saturday, and this time deputies will be staffing two locations.

Deputies will be collecting prescription drugs at Dillons, 720 Eisenhower Road, and CVS Pharmacy, 390 Limit St.

Sherley said the Sheriff's Office added CVS this time around at the request of the pharmacy's corporate headquarters.

"They made the formal request," he said.

Sherley said officials hope to create a permanent drop-off location for the Sheriff's Office so people will be able to dispose of their old medications throughout the year.

Members of the Lansing Police Department will be collecting old medications at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

Capt. Ben Ontiveros said the public has provided positive feedback about the department's participation in previous Drug Take-Back events.