The department also will hold a free community traffic safety class in March.

The Sherwood Police Department will hold a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

"Do you have unwanted medications around your home?" reads a statement from the department. "Help protect your family, your community, and the environment by properly disposing of them."

The event will be held in conjunction with the national Drug Takeback Day, a Drug Enforcement Administration-sponsored semiannual opportunity for people to dispose of their old medications.

The Sherwood PD will accept the following substances during the event: expired or unwanted prescription medications; un-needed over-the-counter medications; expired or unwanted pet medications; medicine from deceased relatives; and unknown tablets and capsules. The department asks that participants leave the medications in their original containers if possible.

Sherwood police will not accept thermometers, needles, or medical waste of any kind. The event is open to residents, but not businesses.

"Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse," the department said in a statement. "Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision."

The department also will host a community traffic safety class, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. It will be open to the public.

Both events will take place at the Sherwood Police Department, at 20495 S.W. Borchers Drive.

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