List of nearby Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection sites
The Drug Enforcement Agency and its partners are hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at dozens of sites across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday Apr. 29.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at most locations. Medications will be collected for free.
Law enforcement agencies will be setting up collection booths for unused and unwanted prescription medications in places that include the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Hermiston and more. The nationwide event is meant to prevent abuse of prescription narcotics.
About 6.4 million Americans over the age of 12 – about 2.4 percent of the country’s population – abuse prescription narcotics. More citizens abuse prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers, than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and methamphetamine combined, according to recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The study also showed most prescription drug users obtain medications from friends and family, including home medicine cabinets.
If you’d like to donate your unwanted meds, here is a list of participating locations:
Solidarity Credit Union – hosted by Yakima County Crime Stoppers between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
110 N. 5th Avenue at Martin Luther King Way
Yakima, Wash. 98902
Memorial Cornerstone Medicine – hosted by Yakima Police Department
4003 Creekside Lp.
Yakima, Wash. 98908
Kennewick Police Department
221 West 6th Ave.
Kennewick, Wash. 99336
Richland Police Department
871 George Washington Way
Richland, Wash. 99352
West Richland Police Department
3805 West Van Giesen Street
West Richland, Wash. 99353
Walmart in Pasco – hosted by the Pasco Police Department
4820 N. Road 68
Pasco, Wash. 99301
Walla Walla Police Department
54 East Moore St.
Walla Walla, Wash. 99362
College Place Police Department
1700 SE Meadowbrook Blvd.
College Place, Wash. 99324
Umatilla Tribal Police Department
46400 Timine Way
Pendleton, Ore. 97801