Drug Take Back Day set Saturday

Clallam County residents can return expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The service is free and anonymous. Syringes, medical waste and liquids will not be accepted.

The three collection sites are:

• Clallam County Courthouse parking lot at 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

• Sequim Police Department at 152 W. Cedar St., Sequim.

• Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave. in Forks.

Personnel from the Port Angeles and Sequim police departments and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to collect the drugs.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will not participate in the annual National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency because it collects prescription medication during normal business hours year-round, said Capt. Ben Stamper.

Drugs collected in Clallam County will be taken to an unpublicized location where they will be vaporized by a pollution-free high-temperature incineration, said Jim Borte of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.

Each person dropping off prescription drugs or medications is asked to use a black ink pen or felt tip marker to cross off his or her name, address and other identifying information on the label of the container.

Opportunities for disposal of unwanted prescription drugs also are available year-round.

Unwanted prescription medication can be taken to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 79 Elkins Road in Port Hadlock between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The office accepts in a secure lockbox only prescription medications in pill, capsule or caplet form. No vitamins, supplements, liquids or aerosol devices are accepted because the drugs are incinerated.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, which operates a shared drug-takeback program with Port Angeles police, is located in the main floor of the courthouse. The office is open weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except for holidays.

The Sequim Police Department accepts drugs between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Residents also can dispose of unused medications, with the exception of controlled substances and liquids, at Jim’s Pharmacy, 424 E. Second St. in Port Angeles, during regular store hours from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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