PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Police across Western Washington will help make your home safer by getting rid of unused prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-back Day for Saturday, April 27.
"The addiction to prescription drugs is a huge problem in the community, not just in our community but other communities. It’s one of the thing right now amongst the high school population and teens - prescription drug abuse. It comes by easy access first and foremost," said Captain Scott Engle of the Puyallup Police Department.
The Puyallup Police Department is taking part in the initiative. Plus, the department has a locked drop-off box in its lobby year-round for the community to drop off prescription medicine safely.
In six years, the Puyallup police has taken in more than 2,300 pounds of prescription drugs.
In the five previous drug take-back events, DEA partnered with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to collect more than 2 million pounds, or 1,018 tons, of prescription medications were removed from circulation.
National Prescription Drug Take-back Day is Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. across the country. There are locations open all around the Puget Sound, including in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, and more.
Police ask that people do not drop needles or other sharp objects in the drop box.