Hoquiam’s annual Drug Take Back event last weekend was the most successful yet, the Hoquiam Police Department reported.
Over the course of four hours Saturday, 98 people brought in 312 pounds of unwanted medication. The boxes will be shipped to the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration.
That’s nearly twice the amount collected in October’s take-back event, 166 pounds. Last April, 122 pounds were collected.
“By turning in this medication at this free event, citizens were able to safety dispose of unwanted drugs; safe disposal prevents medications from getting into the hands of children, drug abusers and also keeps these chemicals out of the environment,” Chief Jeff Myers wrote in a press release.