National Drug Take Back Day

October 29, 2011 by staff 

National Drug Take Back Day, On Saturday, October 29, the Seattle Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public a new opportunity to prevent abuse and theft pill to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired drugs prescription unused and unwanted.

Last April, residents of Seattle helped Washington state collect more than 8.535 pounds of unused medicine or unwanted (which is about 4.25 million tablets in one day) during National Drug Take Back Day.

National Drug Take Back days underscores the critical need of permanent safety of drugs available to reduce the increasing rates of prescription drug abuse, overdoses and accidental poisonings. In the state of Washington, drug overdose is the most common cause of accidental death, replacing traffic accidents, with an average of two deaths per day, and medicine cabinets are the new drug dealers.

According to the Department of Health in Washington State, more than three in five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to obtain parents ‘or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. However, Washington does not have a permanent program of return of controlled substances and prescription medicines. So one day events such as National DEA Drug Take Back Day, is an excellent opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at each of the precincts of the city. Ballardite to take your medication for the Seattle Police Department North District, 10049 North College Road.

For more information about Take Back your medications and the need for ongoing drug return program visit Washington State:

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