• Hoquiam police proud of DEA Drug Takeback Day results

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – Results from another Prescription Drug Takeback day are in, 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal on Saturday. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us to date, the station has collected and disposed of 773 pounds of unwanted local medication since 2010.

    It’s a great opportunity to get rid of medications, and we’re really proud to be able to collect this medication and get it out of here.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers

    If you missed this weekend’s event and still have some meds to drop off, check takebackyourmeds.org for an interactive list of what you can dispose of where, or watch the Hoquiam Police Department for participation in the next national event.

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  • Clean Out That Medicine Cabinet, The Right Way

    National Take-Back Initiative - Click here for collection sites

    On September 25, 2010, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

    This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. 

    • The program is anonymous. 
    • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
    • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
    • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.  

    Find collection site(s) near you
    Please check back often as new collection sites will be added daily.

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  • Clean Out The Medicine Cabinet The Right Way

    APR 27 – (Seattle, WA) – Pharmaceutical drugs can be as dangerous as street drugs.  The majority of teenagers get pharmaceuticals from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its community partners throughout Washington will provide to the public a safe, free and anonymous way to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

    This is the second DEA led nation-wide prescription drug “Take-Back” program that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.  Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds – 121 tons- of prescription drugs at nearly 4100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. In less than four hours, Washington residents turned in nearly 4.5 tons of medicine. 

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  • A Last-Minute Healthcare Plea to Washington Lawmakers

    Washington, D.C. – Before members of Congress take their August recess, AARP is giving them a send-off, and a reminder to keep health care reform top-of-mind while they're visiting their constituents. Volunteers from across the country, including several from Washington State, are on Capitol Hill today for one-on-one meetings with lawmakers.

    Among them is an insurance benefits counselor, Victoria Dain, who says she faces at least $70,000 in out-of-pocket expenses that her own insurance policy didn't cover for brain surgery.

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