CLARKSTON, WA - Drug Take Back Days provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The next day to dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs is this Saturday, October 24.
In Asotin County, Clarkston Epic and the Washington State Health Care Authority are encouraging residents to "Take Back Your Meds" at these locations:
- Clarkston Police Department, 830 5th Street, Clarkston, WA 99403
- Asotin County Fire District #1, 2314 Appleside Blvd, Clarkston, WA 99403
Drop time is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday.
The U.S. Drug Drug Enforcement Administration also lists drop off locations at the Lewiston Police Department, the Latah County Sheriff's Office at the Genesee Food Center Parking Lot, the Moscow Police Department at the Palouse Mall, The Orofino Police Department and more. CLICK HERE to search the DEA's list.
Officials say medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Saturday is a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, various agencies are offering to dispose of your unwanted over-the-counter medications and prescriptions drugs for you, for free. Officials warn that flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.