Drug take-back set for April 24

Clallam County residents can take their potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs in Sequim or Port Angeles on Saturday, April 24 — the annual Drug Take Back Day.

Residents can drop off pills for disposal from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., or at the Clallam County courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Staff and volunteers will be on location to accept the items.

The collection service will include both controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. Individuals may also drop off vaping pens without the internal batteries for destruction.

Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches; syringes and medical waste will not be accepted.

The Sequim Police Department will also accept illegal drugs for destruction.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

Once the Sequim Civic Center re-opens in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, drugs can also be dropped off anytime during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

At the courthouse, to accommodate social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols, citizens can simply drive through in front of the incident command motorhome in the northwest corner of the parking lot near the jail entrance.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, law enforcement officials say.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs at fda.gov.

This April’s event is DEA’s 20th nationwide event since it began 11 years ago. Last fall, Americans turned in 985,392 pounds of prescription drugs at 4,587 collection sites.

The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,842 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

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

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