|Not a Washington State resident? Contact your local health department, law enforcement office or pharmacy for information on proper medicine disposal, local medicine take-back programs and initiatives to support pharmaceutical stewardship in your area.|
DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Thank you to everyone who participated in the
780,156 pounds of unwanted prescription medicine was collected for proper disposal nationwide - that's more expired and unwanted medicines collected than any previous event.
Safe, convenient drug take-back law passed by Board of Health
|On June 20, 2013 the King County Board of Health took a significant step towards reducing preventable deaths from drug overdoses by unanimously passing a Rule and Regulation to create a take-back system for King County residents.
The program promotes the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and will be funded and operated by the drug manufacturers who produce the medications.
Did you know?
|In son's memory, firefighter works to prevent prescription drug abuse. Scott DePuy, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue in Washington state, lost his teenage son to prescription drugs in 2008. Read more about this story...|
|Washington residents statewide have returned over 251,000 pounds of unwanted medicines since 2006 at ongoing volunteer medicine take-back programs and DEA events combined! See how many pounds of medicines have been collected in your community.|
Which dog breed gets into the most trouble at home? A Laborador retriever! Last year nearly 14,000 calls to the Animal Poison Control Center were from worried Lab owners whose pups got into things they shouldn't have. Topping the toxins list are prescription human medications.
All dog breeds are at risk so keep medicines up and out of reach. Learn more...
- FDA urging a tighter rein on pain killers says New York Times
- Residents in the Pacific Northwest turned in over 16 tons of unwanted medicines on April 27th at DEA take-back event
- Clark County prescription (Rx) drug take back collects half ton of medications
- Presidential Proclamation -- National Poison Prevention Week, 2013
- What's in your medicine cabinet?
- Son's death prompts parents to fight for new Rx drug law