SARASOTA — Law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration national take back to properly dispose of prescription medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has permanent drop boxes at the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, which is open 24 hours a day, and the south county office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice, where the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Sarasota Police Department, Venice Police Department and North Port Police Department also have permanent drop boxes in their lobbies and are participating in Saturdays event. Medication turn-in is always anonymous. Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules are accepted. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. U.S. prescription drug abuse rates are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.