Fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and State Narcotics Enforcement Division, is coordinating its Fourth National Take Back Initiative on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii. Residents who have expired or unused prescription medications are encouraged to bring in their medications on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at various collection points. A list of collection locations is attached. This service is free and anonymous - no questions asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted. This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted or unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of those medications. Nationally, DEA has collected a total of 995,185 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories during the past 13 months. Since September 2010, Hawaii has collected a total of nearly 4,300 pounds of expired and unused prescription medications. With each take back effort, the number of pounds collected has increased in the state. As a result, all three agencies agree that the initiative continues to be a success.

Unused or expired medicine should be disposed of properly when it is no longer needed for the illness for which it was prescribed.

• Medicines may lose their effectiveness after the expiration date.

• Improper use of prescription drugs can be as dangerous as illegal drug use.

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of accidental poisoning.

• Homes where children or the elderly live are especially vulnerable to this danger.

• People may mistake one type of medicine for another type. Children may mistake medicine for candy.

Unused or expired medicine should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

• Proper disposal helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs being used inappropriately.

• Proper disposal helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

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