Hoquiam police report record turnout for DEA Drug Take Back Day

The Hoquiam Police Department partnered with the DEA for yet another successful “Drug Take Back Day” over the weekend, collecting 312 pounds of prescription drugs. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us their evidence custodian, Officer James Gaddis, staffed the police department lobby for the event. During the four hours, a total of 98 citizens stopped by to dispose of 312 pounds of medications. Myers said they filled eight large boxes, which will be shipped off to the DEA for incineration.

Since the Hoquiam Police Department began participating in the federal program 4 years ago, they have collected over 1142 pounds.

Myers added that by turning in medication at this free event, citizens were able to safety dispose of unwanted drugs; safe disposal prevents medications from getting into the hands of children, drug abusers and also keeps these chemicals out of the environment.

DEA Drug Take Back Day 2014


Results from previous years:

National Drug Take Back Program


September 25th 2010


21 people

2 boxes


May 2nd 2011


72 people

4 boxes


October 31st 2011


28 people

3 boxes


April 30th 2012


53 people

4 boxes


September 29th 2012


23 people

3 boxes
April 28th 2013


53 people

3 boxes


October 28th 2013


76 people



April 26th  2014



98 people

8 boxes