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.
Results from previous years:
National Drug Take Back Program
September 25th 2010
May 2nd 2011
October 31st 2011
April 30th 2012
September 29th 2012
April 28th 2013
October 28th 2013
April 26th 2014
The Hoquiam Police Department is proud to partner with the DEA for the next free “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The lobby of the police department at 215-10th Street will be staffed from 1000-1400 hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) by our evidence custodian, Officer James Gaddis.
During this four-hour period, citizens from all around Grays Harbor are encouraged to dispose of unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications. There is no cost for this service as the DEA pays to incinerate all of the medications collected, last time in Hoquiam 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal.
It only takes a moment to stop at the police station, located next to Swanson’s at the base of the Simpson Avenue Bridge, to toss unwanted medication into a large box inside the lobby.
All medications are accepted for destruction so long as the container will not leak. There is no need to remove labels from prescription bottles and no one checks the origin of the medication. Everything in the box is incinerated.
“This take-back day is a great opportunity to clean your medicine cabinet of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications. Safe disposal prevents drugs from getting into the hands of children or drug abusers looking for a quick high.” – Chief Myers
The 8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539