In Utah, to find a drop off point near you visit www.useonlyasdirected.org. Old prescription drugs also can be dropped off at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old prescriptions can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith's Food and Drug stores in the Salt Lake area at 555 S. 200 West, Bountiful; 1820 W. 9000 South, West Jordan; and 4080 W. 9000 South, West Jordan.
According to the state Health Department, about 300 deaths in Utah are linked to prescription drugs every year. The majority of fatal overdoses involve opioid drugs, such as Oxycontin and Percocet.
Sollis said removing drugs from the medicine cabinet helps to eliminate a major source of narcotics for illicit drug users.
"We want to make sure if people have pain medications, antidepressants – anything that other people might try to abuse – we want to get that out of those cabinets if they're no longer being used or if they're expired, and into a proper disposal location," she said.