ATG NEWS RELEASE: Another prescription drug take back at Leeward Community College

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 in Latest News

HONOLULU – The Department of the Attorney General in partnership with the Department of Public Safety Narcotics Enforcement Division has scheduled another prescription drug take back at the Leeward Discovery Fair/Celebrate Safe Communities Day on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Leeward Community College, Parking Lot, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of medication will be accepted. New or used needles and syringes will not be accepted. You do not need to empty out your pills from the containers or remove the labels off the bottles. Everything will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

“Last week we collected more than 2,700 pounds of unused prescription drugs. Safe disposal is good for the environment and good for public safety,” said Attorney General Douglas Chin.

Take advantage of this last opportunity in 2017 to rid your home of expired and unused prescriptions drugs.

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 or 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 entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

For more information, please visit www.ag.hawaii.gov.

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For more information, contact:

Joshua A. Wisch
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(808) 586-1284
Joshua.A.Wisch@hawaii.gov
http://ag.hawaii.gov

Valerie Mariano
Branch Chief, Community and Crime Prevention Branch
Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division
(808) 586-1444
Valerie.S.Mariano@hawaii.gov

Toni Schwartz
Public Information Officer
The Department of Public Safety
(808) 587-1358
Toni.e.schwartz@hawaii.gov
www.hawaii.gov/psd