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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Safe Disposal of Prescription Meds - Saturday, 4/28


Apr 10, 2018

For Immediate Release 

Jefferson County Community Health

Dr. Denise Banker, PhD


Dispose Unused or Expired Medications
at Safeway's Parking Lot
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Port Townsend – The Chimacum drug and alcohol Prevention Coalition reminds everyone that the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28th. Turn in your unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at the Safeway parking lot, 442 Sims Way, Port Townsend, from 10 am - 2 pm.

20180305_CPCFlierVertFinalAbout National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public will have its 15th 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 Safeway 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 Chimacum and Port Townsend participating in this year’s take back are Sequim and Oak Harbor, with sites at their Police Departments.

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by local law enforcement and their 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 Port Townsend Police Department, the Chimacum School District, and Jefferson County Public Health.



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