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Protect the Public: Drop off Unused Medicines

September 23, 2010

Tacoma -- The Pierce County Sheriff's Department will participate in a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to encourage people to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets.

Collection activities will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, 271 John Bananola Way East, Puyallup, and at the Puyallup Police Department, 311 W. Pioneer.

The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and a risk to public health and safety.

Key things to know:

? The program is anonymous.

? Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications (i.e. tablets and capsules) are accepted.

? Intra-venous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted.

? Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not a part of this initiative.

This one-day effort, featuring 4,000 locations nationwide, is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. More information is available at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/.

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