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Law enforcement takes back drugs — 60-plus pounds worth
The Port Angeles Police Department and Clallam County Sheriff’s Office collected 64.6 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs in the National Drug Take Back held on Saturday, April 27, in the parking lot of the Clallam County Courthouse.
The free event was staffed by personnel from the Port Angeles Police Department and Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. The event was completely anonymous and no identification was required.
The event was the Sixth National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency in cooperation with participating local law enforcement agencies.
Unused, expired and unneeded medicines can be a danger to those living in the residence, especially for young children. Such drugs and medications can be stolen, misused and abused. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of poisonings and dangerous overdoses.
Anyone who has prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications can bring them to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office at the county courthouse located on the main floor at 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angles, Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The free program does not require identification.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Drugs that are flushed down the drain or put in garbage containers can be very harmful to animals and the environment.