National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 08:46


September 26,2012
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

PULLMAN – September 29, 2012 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors this event to encourage safe and proper disposal of unwanted or expired medications.

Prescription drug drop off locations will be established throughout the nation in conjunction with this event.  The Pullman Police Department has a prescription drug drop box available in their lobby every day.  By using the prescription drug drop box in the Pullman Police Department lobby, your discarded drugs will be incinerated at a facility approved by the EPA and Washington Department of Ecology.  There are no restrictions on the type of drugs that can be put into the collection box.

When transporting prescription drugs, state law requires that they be in the original prescription containers with the labels attached.  It is illegal to possess prescription drugs outside of the original container or to possess prescription drugs that are prescribed to someone else.  The prescription labeling can be removed at the police department or the drugs can be placed in plastic zipper bags that are provided by the Police Department. If placed in a bag, the name of the drug should be written on the bag.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds, or 276 tons, of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds, or nearly 775 tons, of pills.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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