City of Snoqualmie
For immediate release: October 18, 2019
Safe Drug Disposal on National Drug Take Back Day
Prevent misuse or abuse of prescription drugs
Snoqualmie, WA – The City of Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with two locations this year. The event will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Parkway, and at North Bend City Hall, 920 SE Cedar Falls Way.
Last spring Americans turned in nearly 475 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA, and almost 4,700 pounds at state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds—nearly 5,000 tons—of pills. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows the most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including medication stolen from the home medicine cabinet.
Many Americans do not know the safest way to dispose of their unwanted or expired medicine, often causing safety and environmental hazards by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage.
Bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in pill or patch form. Note that liquids, needles, or sharps cannot be accepted. This curbside, drop-off service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
On an ongoing basis, residents can drop off prescription drugs at the Snoqualmie Police Department during business hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday.
More Information on National Drug Take Back Day: https://takebackday.dea.gov/
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Gail Folkins, City of Snoqualmie
425-888-1555 / 425-275-7950