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Longview Police Department Drug Take Back Day April 29
Posted Date: 4/26/2017

As part of spring cleaning, it’s time to check the medicine cabinet and clear out old prescription pills that are no longer needed. This frees up space and prevents abuse of prescription meds.

Longview Police Department will accept expired and unwanted prescription medication at its main station from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29 as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The main station is located at 1351 Hudson St. in downtown Longview.

“This is another partnership our department is involved in to make our Longview community safer,” said Cindy Lopez Werth, community service officer.

With Saturday’s Take Back Day, the DEA is giving the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The DEA only accepts prescription pills and patches. Over the counter medication is not accepted. No liquids, needles or sharps can be accepted by the DEA or Longview Police Department for the Drug Take Back Day event.

Zip lock plastic bags will be available to pour the prescription pills into. The bags will then be discarded into a locked receptacle in the Longview Police Department main station’s lobby. Participants will be required to take their pill bottles home with them.

The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked.

Those who cannot make it to Saturday’s Take Back Day may discard their prescription pills at the Longview Police Department main station lobby during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Having the Take Back Day on a Saturday offers the opportunity for people who work full time during the week,” Werth said.

In October 2016, Americans turned in 366 tons (more than 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners, according to information provided by that agency.

Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 7.1 million pounds of pills. That’s more than 3,500 tons.