Twin Tiers residents with expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs will be able to safely dispose of them at several sites as part of a national program.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates the annual initiative. This year's event will be held Saturday, April 26.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder says deputies will be assigned to four drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sheriff's department headquarters on Lieutenant VanWinkle Drive in the town of Dickinson will be one collection point.

Other sites will be at Vestal fire station number four on the Vestal Parkway; the Johnson City Elks Club on Watson Boulevard; and at Scoops Ice Cream on Route 11 in Whitney Point.

The program aims to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by providing a free and anonymous way for people to get rid of medications that are no longer wanted.

Drop-off sites will be set up on April 26 in other counties around the region. Specific locations may be found by using this search tool on the national program's website.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder says unwanted prescription drugs may also be placed in a drop box at the department's offices during regular business hours.

Harder says more than 1,000 pounds of medications have been dropped off over the past year.