Washington residents handed in more than six tons of outdated, unwanted prescription drugs during a national initiative last month.
The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored its fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28. More than 5,600 sites were set up nationwide, including 97 in Washington.
During a four-hour period April 28, 13,426 pounds of prescription medications were dropped off at the Washington state locations.
That included 822 pounds collected at five locations hosted by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The DEA launched the initiative in 2010 in an effort to combat the abuse of prescription drugs. The program gives residents the opportunity to get rid of the old pills anonymously and for free.
Many agencies have since set up year-round collection boxes.