Thursday, April 28, 2011
National Drug Take Back Day on April 30
To support National Drug Take Back Day, the Take Back Your Meds coalition is encouraging Seattle residents to drop off unwanted or expired medicines at Fisherman’s Terminal on Saturday, April 30th. The site will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with the Port of Seattle Police Department; the one-day event provides communities with access to safe medicine return locations in an effort to reduce the increasing rates of accidental poisonings and prescription drug abuse while protecting the environment.
National Drug Take Back Day highlights the critical need in Washington for an ongoing and sustainable, state drug disposal program. Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental deaths, surpassing car crashes in Washington. Take Back Your Meds is comprised of local law enforcement agencies, health organizations, drugstores, local governments, environmental groups and community organizations. The coalition supports a statewide medicine take-back program financed and run by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
For more local sites for National Drug Take Back Day, visit: www.takebackyourmeds.org/dea-events.
For more on Take Back Your Meds, go to: www.takebackyourmeds.org.