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Police Participate In Drug Take Back Program
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Police all over Washington state are helping the public safely get rid of their presciption drugs. On Saturday, September 29, the Spokane Valley and Pullman Police Departments will participate in the 5th Annual Drug Take Back Day.

The event was created by the Drug Enforcement Administration in order to encourage safe and proper disposal of unwanted expired medications.

Medications that are dropped off will be incinerated at a facility approved by the EPA and the Washington Department of Ecology. 

There are no restrictions on the type of drugs that can be put into the collection box at approved locations. However, when transporting prescription drugs, Washington state law requires they be in the original prescription containers with the labels attached. In fact, it is illegal to possess prescription drugs outside the original container or to possess prescription drugs that are prescribed by someone else. The Pullman Police Department said they will provide special plastic bags where the public can place the name of the drug on it. 

Residents can drop off their medication at the following locations:

  • Spokane Valley Police Precinct                                                                                                                             12710 E. Sprague Avenue.
  • North Spokane Library                                                                                                                                            44 E. Hawthorne Road
  • Pullman Police Department Lobby

Last April, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said they filled 10 boxes with over 100 pound of dropped off medications. In the United States, Americans dropped off 276 tons of prescription medications.

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