Got Drugs? National Drug Takeback Day is this Saturday, April 26


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Local police departments, working with the DEA, will be holding “Drug Takeback Day” Medication Disposal this Saturday, April 26 at the following locations:

  • Bartell Drugs Parking Lot (Des Moines)
    9am—1pm
    21615 Pacific Hwy South
    Des Moines
  • Bartell Drugs Parking Lot (Des Moines)
    2- 6pm
    27055 Pacific Hwy South
    Des Moines
  • SeaTac City Hall
    10am–2pm
    4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug “take back” day on that day to provide residents with a no-cost, anonymous collection of unwanted or expired medicines.

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.

For more information or for additional collections sites visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539.

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2 Responses to “Got Drugs? National Drug Takeback Day is this Saturday, April 26”
  1. othersideofthetracks says:

    Can I have a “got drugs day” too?..*lol*

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    • jimmy says:

      yeah if you want some shiny bracelets around your wrists and would enjoy living in a gated community then go for it

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