National DEA Drug Take Back Day Saturday - but not many local sites

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Clean out the medicine chest and dig in the back of the closet. Saturday is the national DEA drug take back day, when you can turn in your unused prescription medications for proper disposal.

Note that proper disposal does not include flushing drugs down the toilet. Filters are not made to take Prozac, Viagra, and other pharmaceuticals out of the water supply.

This event is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

There are no local collection sites. Our police departments do not participate and the only local pharmacy that was in the program, Bartells, has stopped their participation.

However, you have a choice of two neighboring police departments
  • Seattle Police Department North Precinct, across from North Seattle Community College at Northgate, 10049 College Way N, Seattle 98133 Map 10am to 2pm
  • Edmonds Police Department, 250 5th Ave N, Edmonds 98020 Map 10am to 2pm, On an ongoing basis, Monday through Friday.
Not participating on Saturday
  • Mountlake Terrace Police Department, 5906 232nd St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043 Map. They are not collecting on Saturday, however, they have a locked receptacle in the lobby where prescriptions can be dropped off during business hours 7:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday
  • Brier Police Department is on the DEA webpage, but they are not participating, nor do they have a collection bin.
  • Shoreline Bartells has discontinued participation in the drug take back and removed their collection bin. 
An officer at the Seattle North Precinct said that the process could not be simpler. You simply walk in and give them your prescriptions. An officer will be on duty the entire time - to make sure that people are putting things in the bins and not taking them out. 

At the last Drug Take Back Seattle North collected 500 pounds of drugs.

Updated 4-28-16 12:40pm

3 comments:

Anonymous,  April 28, 2016 at 12:33 PM  

Why are people not finishing their prescriptions? AND maybe they could ask their provider if they REALLY need it when prescribed? Perhaps two aspirin and a nap would work instead.

Anonymous,  April 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM  

Just a FYI on why people are not finishing their prescriptions, and here a but a few reasons, I am sure there are others: they are allergic to the prescribed medication, they experienced side-effects, their medication was changed, the person died and the party assigned to disposing of their property discovered it, their prescription changed, through infrequent use the shelf live expired, a different doctor they saw subsequently changed the prescription, etc.

In short, there are many reasons why prescription medications need to be disposed of properly.

Anonymous,  April 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM  

Seriously. Two aspirin and a nap. Sheesh. Give me a break.

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