Unwanted and unused prescription drugs can be harmful to people and the environment. You can safely dispose of these medicines - including controlled substances - during the 8th nationwide drug "take back" day on Saturday, April 26.
This one-day event will provide free, anonymous collection of unwanted or expired drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following Pierce County locations:
There are 23 “take back” sites in Pierce County that operate year-round. Most are law enforcement agencies, but some pharmacies also participate. Only law enforcement agencies can accept controlled substances. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's directory featuring all 23 sites can be found at www.tpchd.org/drugtakeback.
Many Americans unknowingly create safety and health hazards by flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them away. Drugs flushed down the toilet will eventually flow into water bodies like Puget Sound because most medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment processes or septic systems. Even medicines placed in the garbage could remain chemically active and escape into the environment when landfill liquids are sent to a wastewater treatment plant. Medicines in the garbage can present a risk to sanitation workers.
For more information:DEA National Take Back InitiativePrograms in Washington state
MEDIA CONTACTS:Lt. Jim Kelly, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department 253-798-3838 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director 253-798-6606 email@example.com