DEA prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drop your prescription drugs off with no questions asked at these locations

Local agencies taking part in DEA's drug take back Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is happening this Saturday, and there are a few locations in our area where you can participate.

The Take Back event is free and completely anonymous, no questions asked. At 17 sites around southern Idaho and eastern OR you can drop off your unused prescription drugs. [We have] no problem with that.

In recent years the Drug Enforcement Agency has stepped up efforts to get unused prescription drugs out of your house and, therefore, out of the hands of those who may abuse them.

The old-school method of disposing of such medications, simply flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both pose potential safety and health hazards that include allowing the medication to enter groundwater. "All of that can eventually get back into the water system and [by doing] this it'll be disposed of properly".

The Kansas attorney general's office says more than 50 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone since the program began in 2010. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

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As much as the opioid crisis is born of myriad factors, combatting the misuse of prescription drugs by curtailing prescription lengths and drug quantities is a priority in reducing the number of affected people. Items accepted: Any unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's.

You can go to the DEA's website to find a drop-off spot close to you.

It's important to dispose of unwanted medications the right way.

While the DEA's event lasts for four hours Saturday, safe disposal sites for prescription drugs are located year-round at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis, the Centralia Police Department, the Morton Police Department and Winlock City Hall, according to Lewis County.

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