October 11, 2018
For Immediate Release
Jefferson County Community Health
Dispose Unused or Expired Medications
at Port Hadlock's Parking Lot
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Port Townsend – Jefferson County Public Health reminds everyone that the DEA's
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27th. Turn in
your unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at Port
Hadlock's QFC Parking lot from 10 am - 2 pm.
About National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the public will have its 16th 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. However, Jefferson County Public Health will provide a sharps container on site. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has an unused prescription medication disposal box in its lobby year around.
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 Civic
Center; and Bainbridge Island, with a site at the police department.
Last April Americans turned in 475 tons (946,000
pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 6,000 sites operated by the DEA and
more than 4,500 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in
its 15 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 Empowered Teen Coalition, along with its
partners at the Jefferson
County Sheriff’s Office, the Chimacum School District, QFC Port Hadlock, and JeffersonCounty Public Health.
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