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Law enforcement sponsors prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018

Local and federal law enforcement agencies are helping sponsor National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day,” which will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last year alone, Americans turned in a total of 475 tons of unused prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites. In Washington, residents turned in 17,018 pounds of pills. In 15 previous “take back day” events, Washington residents have turned over a total of 208,433 pounds of unused prescription drugs.

The disposal service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. However, the drop locations will not accept liquids, needles or sharps. They will accept only pills or patches.

The local drop sites include the Colfax Police Department; Pullman Police Department; Spokane Valley Police Precinct (CHAS Health); and several locations in Spokane.

The City of Spokane has year-round disposal sites during normal business hours at Spokane Police’s North Precinct, 5124 N. Market St.; the Public Safety Building, 1100 W. Mallon Ave; Spokane Police Downtown Precinct, 221 W. First Ave.; and the Spokane County site is at the Spokane Valley Police Department lobby, 12710 E. Sprague Ave.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, go to

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