There's really no good way to get rid of unused prescription medications. You shouldn't keep them in the medicine cabinet because they could be taken and abused by a family member, a visitor, or a thief. You shouldn't throw them in the trash because they end up in the groundwater. You shouldn't flush them down the toilet because the pharmaceutical compounds can survive the water treatment process and make it into rivers, where they harm fish and other wildlife. The only smart way to get rid of old prescription drugs is to give them to the police. That's why the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates a nationwide prescription drug take-back day. It's a free and anonymous way to dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Drugs are accepted with no questions asked. It'll take place this Saturday from 10AM to 2PM. The drop-off location in Shasta County is the Mount Shasta Mall in Redding. There are three Tehama County locations: the Red Bluff Community Center parking lot on South Jackson Street, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office on Antelope, and the Corning Police Department on Third Street. Tehama County collected 534 pounds last time they did this. In the past three-and-a-half years, more than 17-Hundred tons has been collected nationwide.