Safely dispose of your drugs on National Drug Take Back Day
SPOKANE, Wash. — Everyday in the united states, 115 people die from an opioid overdose.
While it’s easy to think the opioid crisis will never affect your life, evidence shows the majority of abused prescription drugs are taken from the medicine cabinets of family or friends.
National Drug Take Back Day is an initiative launched by the Drug Enforcement Agency in 2010, to help you get rid of those leftover drugs.
Since then, participants have discarded more than 9 million pounds of medicine.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration both say flushing your leftover drugs down the toilet or just throwing them in the trash creates environmental and health hazards.
So the DEA’s Take Back Day is the solution.
The goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way for the public to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.
This year’s take back day is on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thousands of pharmacies, fire and police departments, and medical centers across the nation are participating. To find a location in your area, and to figure out if there are any restrictions on the drugs that location will take, check this map.
The Spokane Police Department also says it has three drug drop off locations that are open all year round.
They’re located in the public safety building behind the courthouse, and both the north and downtown police precincts.
Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day. Safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs from 12-3 p.m. at 1708 W Northwest Blvd, 2105 E Wellesley or 7905 N Division. @SpokanePD has three permanent bin locations; the Public Safety Building, Downtown Precinct and North Precinct. pic.twitter.com/kMtkTDO8CC
— City of Spokane (@SpokaneCity) April 25, 2018
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