Puget Sound area residents with unused or unwanted prescription drugs are encouraged to drop them off Saturday at various collection sites as part of a national initiative.
At least eight local law enforcement agencies will set out bins where people can anonymously place the medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The drugs are then destroyed.
This is the third year for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back initiative, which was launched to combat abuse of prescription drugs. Many local agencies have set up year-round collection boxes.
Illegal drugs, syringes, insulin and medical waste are not accepted.
“Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said.
The last nationwide collection took place in April, when Washingtonians dropped off 13,426 pounds of medications.
Drop-off sites for Saturday include:
*Sprinker Recreation Center parking lot, 14824 S. C St., Tacoma.
*Pierce County Sheriff’s Department South Hill Precinct, 271 John Bananola Way E., Puyallup.
*Puyallup Police Department, 311 West Pioneer.
*University Place Public Safety Building, 3631 Drexler Drive W.
*Sumner Police Department lobby, 1104 Maple St.
*Orting Police Department, 401 Washington Ave. SE, Orting.
*Gig Harbor Police Department, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor.
*Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Provost Marsall’s Office on Fitzsimmons Drive.
*Enumclaw Police Department, 1705 Wells St., Enumclaw.
*Auburn Police Department, 340 East Main St., Auburn.
*Federal Way Police Department’s commons mall, 1701 S. 320th St., Federal Way.
*Kent Police Department, 232 4th Ave. S., Kent.