Drug drop-off event planned at Bainbridge Island Police Department

  • Sun Apr 16th, 2017 1:30pm
  • News

Islanders will have another chance soon to empty their medicine-cabinet shelves of old and unwanted prescription medications.

The Bainbridge Island Police Department will be taking prescription medications for disposal one day only, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

During the one-day event, community members can stop by the police station at 625 Winslow Way East to dispose of their unwanted medications as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s nationwide “Drug Take-Back Initiative.”

“It’s important to dispose of unwanted medication in the safest, most environmentally responsible way and the Bainbridge Island Police Department is happy to provide that mechanism for our citizens,” said Chief Matthew Hamner.

Event organizers are reminding islanders who miss the event to not get rid of their medications in the trash or by flushing; another prescription drug dump will likely come this fall.

Organizers are also note that no needles or “sharps” will be collected at the round-up, which is specifically geared toward collecting unwanted medications only.

Other guidelines:

• Both controlled and non-controlled prescription substances including over the counter substances will be accepted.

• Loose pills can be put directly into the disposal box, or submit the entire container (remove personal identifying information from the prescription label by either removing it or obscuring it with a permanent marker).

• Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, or medical waste will not be accepted.