Local health departments have been tackling what to do with extra medications, attempting to keep outdated or unusable drugs out of the water supply.

Because prescription and over-the-counter medications should never be poured down a toilet or sink, Salt Lake Valley Health Department and its partners offer special periodic disposal opportunities, including:

• Thursday at 4626 S. 2300 East, Holladay, from 7-10 a.m.

• Sept. 25, Sugarhouse Park, Garden Center, 1602 E. 2100 South, 7-10 a.m.

Because of strict laws governing prescription medications, police will be present at the events to collect the medications and process them to incineration.

For more on other pharmaceutical disposal locations go to www.medicationdisposal.utah.gov/disposal_locations_events.htm.