Take your prescription drugs to the precinct

Get rid of your expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Take Back Initiative.”

From 10 a.m. to 2p.m., bring your medications for free, safe and anonymous disposal to any one of the Seattle Police precincts.

This is the third drug take-back event since September of last year. In the previous two events, nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies collected more than 309 tons of pills.

From the DEA:

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

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