Drug Take Back Day is Saturday in Clallam, Jefferson counties

Unwanted prescription drugs can be taken for safe disposal

Drug Take Back Day will be observed in Clallam and Jefferson counties on Saturday.

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be delivered for safe disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In Clallam County, the medications can be taken to the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St., according to a joint press release from the county Sheriff’s Office and the Port Angeles Police Department.

That day, and for the rest of the year, they also can be taken to Med-Project kiosks in the Sequim Police Department at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., the release said. For more about that project, see med-project.org or call 844-MED-PROJECT (633-776-5328).

In Jefferson County, unwanted medications can be taken to the Port Ludlow Beach Club at 121 Marina View Drive, and the Quilcene Fire Department at 70 Herbert St., said Kari Binns, the sheriff’s confidential secretary.

Vaping pens and cartridges, with batteries removed, also will be accepted.

Sites can’t accept liquids, needles or sharps, or any medical waste, only pills or patches, event organizers said.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

In Clallam County, participants can drive through in front of the incident command motorhome near the courthouse in the main parking lot.

There, the Port Angeles Health Youth Coalition will hand out medication lock bags to take home at no cost, while supplies last. Each lock bag is white laminated nylon and measures 12 inches long and 8 inches tall and can hold up to 24 prescription bottles.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, law enforcement officials said.

Saturday will mark the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 23rd annual National Drug Take Back Day

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs on its website at fda.gov.

Individuals can also drop off their unwanted drugs and medications during the rest of the year at Med-Project kiosks in the Sequim Police Department at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 West Cedar St.

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