HOQUIAM, Wash. - On Saturday, October 29th, 2011, the Hoquiam Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be hosting a collection site for the National Take Back Initiative.
This program is designed to assist those who wish to dispose of unused/unwanted Pharmaceutical Drugs. Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected. This program is anonymous and no questions or identification will be requested by law enforcement. Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or my remove the medication from its original container and place them in a disposal box provided at the site.
The first of these programs took place in September of 2009, Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Meyers tells KBKW their drop site collected 89 pounds of unwanted pharmaceuticals in four hours, however Meyers said "Currently there is no mechanism to return controlled substances or prescription medications other than to law enforcement, we're the only ones who can legally collect it."
Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, syringes, or medical waste WILL NOT be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of the initiative.
The Hoquiam site will be located at the front entrance to the HPD building and will be open from 10am till 2pm.
(Click the story title to hear a February 17th interview with Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Meyers on this issue)
Anyone wishing to take advantage of the event will be able to learn the location of drop off sites by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking on the "GOT DRUGS" tab. Once there, you will be asked to provide your zip code to learn the locations of the closest drop off sites. Currently the site will tell visitors that drop off locations are being collected and that listings will be posted as soon as possible.
Law enforcement personnel will collect the drugs, which will be incinerated and not released into the water table.
- This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.
The program is anonymous.
Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.
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