The Hoquiam Police Department is again partnering with the DEA for the next free “Drug Take-Back Day” on Saturday, September 27, 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 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.
After seven previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
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 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.