Public Health News

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds - Saturday, 10/28


October 11, 2017

For Immediate Release

Jefferson County Community Health

Dr. Denise Banker, PhD


Dispose Unused or Expired Medications
at Port Hadlock's Parking Lot
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Port Townsend – Jefferson County Public Health reminds everyone that the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 28th.  Turn in your unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at at Port Hadlock's QFC Parking lot from 10 am - 2 pm.  20171010_CPCFlierVertFinal

About National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public will have its 14th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  We encourage everyone to clean out medicine cabinets and bring pills and liquids to the Port Hadlock QFC parking lot for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes, chemotherapy medications, medical waste, patches, needles or sharps.

Communities across the nation participate. Other communities near Port Townsend and Chimacum that are participating in this year’s take back are Sequim, with a site at the Police Department; and Coupville, with a site at the Coupville Town Hall.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential health and safety hazards.

About our local Take Back Day Sponsors

Learn more about The Chimacum Prevention Coalition, along with its partners at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Chimacum School District, and Jefferson County Public Health.


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