Stop abuse, clean out the medicine cabinet; Valley police call take-backs on prescription drugs

Aiming to keep unused, unwanted prescription drugs off the street, North Bend and Snoqualmie police will take them off locals’ hands at a semi-annual special event.

Police hold a second ‘Drug Take-Back Day’ for 2011, Saturday, Oct. 29, at two locations. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents can bring their unused or unwanted prescription medicines to the North Bend Park and Ride at East North Bend Way and McClellan Avenue, or the Snoqualmie Fire Station on Snoqualmie Parkway. The King County Sheriff’s Office will staff a drop location in Redmond Ridge, in the QFC parking lot at 23475 Novelty Hill Road.

This national event, developed with the Drug Enforcement Agency, gets rid of tons of potentially dangerous, expired or no-longer-needed prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous, and no questions are asked.

At last April’s Drug Take-Back Day, people turned in 376,593 pounds, or 188 tons, of drugs at nearly 5,400 sites nationwide.

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.

All drugs collected are incinerated in DEA facilities.

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