National Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Day Saturday April 30

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

From the King County Council
The medicine cabinet is challenging the liquor cabinet as a way to get high. Prescription drug abuse is growing in the U.S., with the primary source of those drugs being unused and expired medicines kept inside the home. The Metropolitan King County Council today gave its unanimous support to a national effort encouraging the safe disposal of unused drugs by recognizing the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, set for this Saturday, April 30.

According to a 2009 national survey, rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, with more Americans currently abusing prescription drugs than those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. For many, prescription medications are the first drugs they abuse, and they’re obtained from the medicine cabinets of families and friends.

The goal of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is to get unused, unneeded and expired drugs out of homes and into the hands of agencies that can safely disposed of the medications. There is no cost for turning in the narcotics, a similar effort last fall resulted in 121 tons of drugs being taken out of homes across the nation.

The Sheriff's office provides this link for information on safe disposal of medications for any day, but on Saturday, April 30, you can take your unused and expired medicines to the Shoreline Police department from 10 am to 4 pm, 1206 N 185th St, Shoreline WA 98133.

Several drugstores, including Bartell's at 185th and Aurora, will take back human and veterinary drugs at any time.


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