Tri-Cities police advocate for safe disposal of drugs by participating in DEA’s Take Back Day

Image credit: Richland Police Department, Facebook

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — This Saturday, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will participate in ‘Take Back Day,’ a yearly event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) giving people an opportunity to part with dangerous prescription drugs.

All three of the Tri-Cities police departments, plus the West Richland Police Department, are participating in the event to provide an out for anyone who wants to get rid of prescription drugs. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021, you can visit one of four locations in the region to safely dispose of potentially harmful drugs.

During the aforementioned timeframe, you can visit the Kennewick Police Department (211 W 6th Ave), Richland Police Department (871 George Washington Way), or West Richland Police Department (3805 W Van Giesen St) to drop off your items. The Pasco Police Department is setting up its operation a bit differently from the rest.

RELATED: Walla Walla police plan ‘TAKE BACK’ event for disposal of drugs, unwanted goods

Instead of asking people to visit the police department, Pasco Police are setting up a manned station in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot at 4820 N Rd 68 in Pasco. PPD officials say that they aren’t taking any names at the location and aren’t inspecting the drugs that are being dropped off. This provides an added level of anonymity for those who are dealing with drug addiction and want to take steps toward sobriety. All you’ll have to do is drop your items in the box and PPD representatives will safely dispose of all drugs gathered.

Pasco Police are especially vocal about Take Back Day on social media. In a Facebook post, the PPD highlighted that many opioid addicts start taking prescription pain pills like oxycodone and become hooked. That leads to crime when doctors stop prescribing these meds and people seek them out on their own. In many cases, individuals will abuse a family member’s leftover drugs that were stashed in a medicine cabinet.

Pasco Police are encouraging the community to dispose of those drugs that are no longer deemed necessary. Here are more specifics about what you can and cannot dispose of:

“We will take pills, liquid meds, animal meds, and vaping pens without batteries. Sorry, we can’t accept syringes, chemotherapy meds, inhalers, IV solutions, vaping devices with non-removable batteries, and medical waste due to bloodborne pathogen risk.”

For more information on the DEA’s Take Back Day, click here. For information about participating locations in the Tri-Cities and beyond, click here.


RELATED: Inslee commutes sentences of 13 inmates serving for low-level drug offenses