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Local police collect medications for Saturday National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. People will have the chance to safely turn over their unused prescription medication to law enforcement this Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. (Toby Talbot / AP)
This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows hydrocodone-acetaminophen pills, also known as Vicodin, arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. People will have the chance to safely turn over their unused prescription medication to law enforcement this Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. (Toby Talbot / AP)

On Saturday, you can hand prescription drugs over to a police officer – no questions asked.

April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration to get expired and unused prescription drugs out of homes.

If you have unused hydrocodone from a surgery or broken arm, you can hand it off to an officer for safe disposal. Last year, Washingtonians got rid of 15,473 pounds of prescription drugs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Washington said in a news release.

Post Falls police will collect unused medications at City Hall, 408 N. Spokane St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office will collect prescriptions at the Albertson’s in Hayden.

Many other area police departments have year-round medication disposal kiosks.

Spokane police will take unused prescriptions during business hours at the Public Safety Building, 1100 W. Mallon Ave.; the north precinct, 5124 W. Market St.; and the downtown precinct, 221 W. 1st Ave.

Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene police, as well as the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, also have disposal boxes at their headquarters.

To find a take back site near you, visit takebackday.dea.gov.

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