WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) — People who have medicine that has expired or needs to get rid of can do so this weekend, no questions asked.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Pickup Day, and there will be places across the country where people can drop off drugs for free and anonymously.

Many places will only accept pills or patches, but some may take other items like vape pens.

Although this event has the word prescription in its name, people can also get rid of expired and unwanted over-the-counter medications.

Locally, the Albemarle County Police Department will host collection locations in Wegmans and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

The Wegmans location will only accept pills and patches, which means no liquids, needles or sharp objects. At the MJH location, people can drop off medications, vape pens, and e-cigarettes.

Other locations in the area include the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Gordonsville Plaza, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse.

This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

These national events take place several times a year to help prevent the misuse, abuse or accidental ingestion of medications. Unused prescription drugs can also be sold illegally.

Authorities are urging people not to rinse away unused medications, as these medications can harm aquatic life and people and end up in drinking water.

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