Residents can rid their cabinets of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines at the take-back event to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gonzales Courthouse, 828 S. Irma Blvd.

The event, held by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a way of safely disposing of unwanted prescription medicines.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Only pills and patches can be accepted Saturday, not liquids, needles or “sharps,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

In October, at similar events here and around the country, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at more than 4,000 sites operated by the DEA and partner law enforcement agencies.

Medicines that stay unused in cabinets are home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Usual methods of disposing of the medicines, such as throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet, pose potential safety and health hazards.