National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 2018

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:25




April 25, 2018

Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police

Pullman Police Department

(509) 334-0802


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


PULLMANApril 25, 2018 is the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors this event to provide Americans with an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths, by encouraging the safe and proper disposal of unwanted or expired medications.


Unused or expired prescriptions medications pose serious public safety risks, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose. While it was common practice in the past to dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both practices cause potential health and safety hazards, including increased risk of drugs making it into the wrong hands and potential impact on aquatic life.


Since 2010, Pullman has been providing members of the public with access to a prescription drug box, available 24/7 in the Police Department lobby. Since then, the Pullman Police Department has collected and disposed of over 2,084 pounds of prescription drugs. Overall, Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,321 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,274 of its state and local law enforcement partners as part of the October 2017 National Take Back Day event. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds - more than 4,000 tons - of pills through 14 previous Take Back events. Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to


When transporting prescription drugs, state law requires that they be in the original prescription containers with the labels attached. It is illegal to possess prescription drugs outside of the original container or to possess prescription drugs that are prescribed to someone else. The prescription labeling can be removed at the Police Department or the drugs can be placed in plastic zipper bags that are provided by the Police Department. If placed in a bag, the name of the drug should be written on the bag. By using the prescription drug drop box, your discarded drugs will be incinerated at a facility approved by the EPA and Washington Department of Ecology. We will accept all prescription medication from individuals only; medical offices and care facilities should follow protocol with their contracted disposal vendors.


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