As law enforcement agencies across the U.S. recognize the seventh national Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative Oct. 26, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reminded residents the department’s prescription drug collection site in the lobby of the sheriff’s office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year.

The drug take-back initiative, sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, encourages state and local law enforcement agencies to collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Franklin County residents can discard their unwanted or expired medications in the collection bin in the sheriff’s office lobby at any time, Lt. Curtis Hall, with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, said.

The collection site in the sheriff’s office provides a secure and anonymous way for residents to dispose of their prescription and over-the-counter drugs, Hall said.

Each year as much as 40 percent of all prescription medications go unused, representing 1.5 billion doses a year, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence.