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Tag: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


More than 6 tons of prescription meds turned in during national initiative

Washington residents handed in more than six tons of outdated, unwanted prescription drugs during a national initiative last month.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

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Drop off your unwanted prescription drugs Saturday

Puget Sound residents who have old, unneeded prescription drugs in their homes are encouraged to drop them off Saturday as part of a national initiative.

Several local law enforcement agencies will have locations set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

During the last national take-back day in October, Americans turned in more than 377,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

The Drug Enforcement Agency launched the initiative in 2010 in an effort to combat abuse of prescription drugs.

Residents can drop off old prescriptions anonymously and for free. The drugs are

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