National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:16


April 23, 2013
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
(509) 334-0802

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

PULLMAN – April 27, 2013 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors this event to encourage safe and proper disposal of unwanted or expired medications.  Last year on September 29, 2012 in the four states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, over 24,000 pounds of unwanted/unused prescription drugs were collected.  When the results of the five prior Take Back Days are combined, over 2 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed nationally from circulation in two years.

Prescription drug drop off locations will be established throughout the nation in conjunction with this event.  The Pullman Police Department has a prescription drug drop box available 24 hours a day, every day in their lobby.  By using the prescription drug drop box in the Pullman Police Department lobby, 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.

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.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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