The Hoquiam Police Department will host a drop-off site on Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Hoquiam Police will open up the lobby of its police station, located at the base of the Simpson Ave Bridge, to accept unwanted, unused prescription drugs. The lobby will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Police Chief Jeff Myers said that at an event last year, the Hoquiam Police Department collected more than 134 pounds of unwanted medication. Anyone can drop off unwanted medication, not just those from Hoquiam.
At the last Drug Take-Back Day, more than 377,086 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a press release. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”