Prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of your unwanted prescription drugs

Prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of your unwanted prescription drugs

Saturday, October 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide Americans with an opportunity 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 the Pullman Police Department. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Since 2010, Pullman has been providing members of the public with access to a prescription drug collection box, available 24/7 in the Police Department lobby.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to takebackday.dea.gov.

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