DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place September 26th from 10 am-2 pm local time. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
The DEA website will update available locations after September 1st.
The Hoquiam Police station will take any unused or unwanted prescription drugs any time of the day with their collection box.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Rosenberg said. “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”
When the results of the last nine Take Back Days (2010-2014) to date are combined, residents of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska have turned in 234,537 pounds (117.2 tons) of prescription medications.
The following are the combined results of all nine events broken down by state:
Washington -108,399 pounds (54.2 tons) removed from circulation.
Idaho – 36,364 pounds (18.2) removed from circulation.
Oregon – 69,359 pounds (34.6 tons) removed from circulation.
Alaska – 20,415 pounds (10.2 tons) removed from circulation.
Nationwide totals for the previous nine Take-Back events resulted in the collection of 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of prescription medications.