Got Drugs? National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 27


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It’s the sixth National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

King County residents can dispose of unwanted and expired medicines anonymously and at no cost at this nationwide event. There are 20 take-back collection sites in King County currently with more expected by the day of the event. To find a location go to www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

This one-day event is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement agencies.

About 30 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medicines sold go unused. Unused prescription drugs too often fall into the hands of children and teens, where they cause poisonings and deaths. In fact:

  • Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.
  • Drug overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in Washington – the majority involved prescription pain killers.
  • In Washington state 11 percent of teens use prescription medicines for non-medical reasons – a rate among the highest in the nation.
  • Over half of the 37,000 calls to the Washington Poison Center in 2009 were for young children poisoned by medicines found at home, and the elderly are also at risk of accidental poisonings.
  • Human medications are the leading cause of pet poisoning.

For more information go to www.TakeBackYourMeds.org.

Here’s where you can take your drugs back:

SEATAC POLICE DEPARTMENT SEATAC CITY HALL
FRONT LOBBY AREA
4800 SOUTH 188TH STREET SEATAC WA, 98188 Map
SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SOUTHWEST PRECINCT 2300 SW WEBSTER STREET SEATTLE WA, 98106 Map
DES MOINES POLICE DEPARTMENT BARTELL DRUGS – PARKING LOT
COLLECTION TIMES AT THIS LOCATION: 2PM TO 6PM
27055 PACIFIC HWY S DES MOINES WA, 98198 Map
DES MOINES POLICE DEPARTMENT BARTELL DRUGS – PARKING LOT
COLLECTION TIMES AT THIS LOCATION: 9AM TO 1PM
21615 PACIFIC HWY S DES MOINES WA, 98198 Map

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