Issaquah police collect eight boxes of medication at drop-off event

September 30, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

Issaquah police collected eight boxes of expired and unused medications during a drug drop-off event Sept. 25.

Officers collected controlled substances from 64 people during the daylong effort, part of the National Take-Back Initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna said prescription painkillers — often stolen and abused — help fuel a statewide overdose epidemic.

The problem led the DEA and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to host drug-collection events. The effort led to the collection of more than three tons of pharmaceuticals Sept. 25 in Washington.

Issaquah residents can drop off unused or expired medications at the police department, 130 E. Sunset Way, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Police collected 10 boxes of prescription and over-the-counter substances during the past year. The items go to the DEA to be destroyed.

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