Kitsap Co.

Published on September 26th, 2014 | by The Kitsap Scene


Unwanted meds? Get rid of ’em this Saturday

Have unwanted medications? Get rid of them safely this Saturday.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Bainbridge Island Police Department and Suquamish Tribal Police Department are conducting “Take Back Day,” part of a national effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to properly dispose of unwanted medications.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. at the following locations:

  •  Sheriff’s Community Resource Office, Kitsap Mall, 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale (inside the Kitsap Mall’s west entrance).
  • Bainbridge Island Police Department, 625 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island.
  • Suquamish Tribal Police Department, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish.

Only prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. All solid medications and non-injectable liquids, i.e., cough syrup and liquid Tylenol, will be accepted. All drugs must be in a container or bag. It’s asked that people not mix different drugs in containers or drugs, as they may cause chemical reactions.

The following drugs cannot be accepted: insulin; illicit substances such as methamphetamine, heroin or marijuana; and syringes and medical waste.

The take-back event is anonymous. People turning in medications do not have to provide any information.

Saturday’s event is in addition to the permanent, ongoing drug take-back program in the lobbies of the sheriff’s office locations in Silverdale and Port Orchard, open during regular business hours.

Saturday’s event is designed to allow weekend disposal when residents may not be able to drop off medications during a weekday.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, according to the release. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.”

The release goes on to state that drugs disposed of in the county or municipal sewage systems, or residential septic systems, eventually enter waste water treatment facilities not designed to filter such substances. The medications may make their way into Puget Sound, the water table, and local vegetation.

Medications disposed of in the trash will enter a landfill and eventually dissolve into leachate, which is pumped out and taken to a wastewater treatment plant for processing, the release states.


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