Another National Prescription Drug Take-Back day is this Saturday, local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal to Collection sites throughout the state, you can find the closest by visiting dea.gov online.

The Elma Police Department is participating, and will again offer a drop off box in their lobby this Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 9:00am -1:00 pm.

The Hoquiam Police Department also has a year-round drop-off box in the lobby of their station at 215 10th Street.

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. The Elma Police Department will be helping our community properly dispose of these drugs.  If you or any family members have any outdated or leftover prescription drugs in your homes, feel free to drop them off at the Elma Police on October 22nd between the hours of 9am and 1pm.

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in our community this is a great opportunity for citizens in Grays Harbor to help reduce the threat,” Chief Shultz said.  “Please clean out your medicine cabinets and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”