Drug take-back day set for Saturday

County-wide local law enforcement agencies, including the Sequim Police Department, will be participating in the Nationwide Prescription Take-Back Day sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Individuals can drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Sequim Police Department, 152 W. Cedar St.

Drugs can also be dropped off anytime during regular office hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

In Port Angeles, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and Port Angeles Police Department are collecting unwanted drugs in the main parking lot of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The collection service will include both controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications.

Law enforcement officials will also now accept illegal drugs for destruction. Syringes and medical waste will not be accepted, however, because of potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States, law enforcement officials say, and individuals are reminded that they should never flush prescription drugs down the toilet or sink drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs to do so.

For questions, call the Sequim Police Department during business hours at 360-683-7227.

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