PASADENA, Texas -

Pasadena is encouraging citizens to take part in Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event will be from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summit at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway.

The Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Pasadena Police Department host the event.

The purpose is to fight prescription drug abuse, as the Office of National Drug Control Policy labels it an "epidemic." People may bring expired or unused medications to have them thrown away in a safe manner.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted and the event is anonymous.