Got Drugs? DEA National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day Coming Sept. 29

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The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug “take back” day at the SeaTac City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This one-day event will provide residents with a no-cost, anonymous collection of unwanted or expired medicines.

SeaTac City Hall is located at 4800 S 188th Street in SeaTac.

Why Take Back Your Meds?
All medicines that your family and pets use should be properly disposed of at a drug take-back program. Medicine take-back programs are the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover and expired medicines.

Reduce access to medicines for misuse
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. In Washington State 11% of teens use prescription medicines for non-medical reasons, a rate among the highest in the nation. Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, often without their knowledge.

Reduce potential for accidental poisonings
Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Over half of the 37,000 calls to the Washington Poison Center in 2009 were for young children poisoned by medicines found at home. The elderly are also at risk of accidental poisonings and human medications are the leading cause of pet poisoning.

Reduce medicines in the environment. Don’t flush! Don’t trash!
Flushing drugs send them into our waters. Throwing them in the garbage makes them available for others to take and use and can still get into the environment. Take-back programs are the only secure, environmentally sound way to dispose of unwanted medicines.

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