Expired and unused drugs, including pet medicine, can be safely disposed of during Grove City's Operation Medicine Drop, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Jackson Township Fire Station, 3650 Hoover Road.

Expired and unused drugs, including pet medicine, can be safely disposed of during Grove City's Operation Medicine Drop, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Jackson Township Fire Station, 3650 Hoover Road.

All forms of drugs, including pills, powders and liquids, will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally conscious way, avoiding hazards caused by disposing of pharmaceuticals in toilets or landfills. Empty containers are shredded.

This event is free and anonymous. It is sponsored by the city, the Grove City Division of Police, the Jackson Township Fire Department, Keep Grove City Beautiful and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Grove City's Operation Medicine Drop is part of the DEA's National Take Back Initiative.

"The more we can get off the street, the better," city Environmental Coordinator Linda Rosine said. "We try to do as much as we can."

In 2010, the event drew 125 cars. The city collected 84,800 pills, Rosine said.

Since 2011, Grove City has partnered with the DEA, which collects the boxes of discarded drugs and destroys them. Last year, 203 cars came through to drop off pills and 168 pounds of pills were collected, Rosine said.

She said she hopes to collect more this year.

Volunteers from Giant Eagle will assist this year.

The medicine dropoff started at the request of a member of Keep Grove City Beautiful, Rosine said.

Prescription drugs were showing up in drinking water, and children were abusing prescription drugs found in medicine cabinets, she said. Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycodone typically have been abused at the local level, Grove City Police Lt. Brian Davidson said, although he noted that Percocet and Vicodin seemed to be a little more popular about 18 months ago.

"Those are really the three major ones that we're seeing out on the street," he said.