From the Seattle Police Department:
On Saturday, April 30 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Seattle Police Department and the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in
six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially
dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills
for disposal to any of the city’s five precincts. You can find
the drop-off site in your neighborhood by visiting our precinct map.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans
turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than
5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law
enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its
partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a
vital public safety and public health issue. 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.