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Drug Take Back Day Saturday

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Northwestern Medicine to Host Five Medication Collection Sites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

A preventative measure being done to help with the opioid epidemic, involves digging in your medicine cabinet for unused medication and getting rid of it safely.

This year's addition of vaping devices and cartridges to Take Back Day comes amidst a national outbreak of lung injury associated with such products.

The DEA Take Back is an important program that brings in thousands of pounds of unused meds and "gets those prescription drugs off the street, out of homes and away from people vulnerable to addiction", he said. "That can cause a lot more harm than we think it is", said Randall. Drop-offs are free and anonymous. Kinney Drugs Director of Patient Outcomes Doctor Shannon Miller says prescription drug abuse has been a big factor in the opioid crisis.

For example, flushing unused medications down the toilet or throwing them away pose potential health and environmental hazards.

He says those vaping products, along with unwanted and expired prescription drugs, can be can be taken to collection sites across the state on Saturday.

Since 2010, Pullman has been providing members of the public with access to a prescription drug drop-box, available 24/7 in the Police Department lobby. "To date, we have collected more than 1,100 pounds of excess pills through our participation in take back events".

When transporting prescription drugs, state law requires that they be in the original prescription containers with the labels attached.

"We'll accept it but the battery has to be out of the device and there has to be an empty port to show to officers", said Kazel.

Law enforcement agencies, community partners and the Attorney General's Office will have teams out to accept medications for proper disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Needles, syringes, lancets, and thermometers are only accepted at the WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

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