Spring clean the medicine chest, too
Nothing says spring like multiple days of sunshine in a row and the explosion of brilliant yellow dandelion blooms.Whether or not spring cleaning is on your to-do list, now is a good time to add emptying your medicine cabinet of expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements.The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a one-day drop off April 28, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.
Last year, law enforcement officials in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington collected 21,500 pounds of unused pharmaceuticals that homeowners didn’t quite know what to do with. These included everything from antibiotics, pain killers, sleep aids, blood pressure medicines and anything else the doctor prescribed. Many were outdated.
Three out of five teens are reporting that prescription pain pills are easy to get from their parents’ medicine cabinets, and that they’re surpassing marijuana as a teen’s drug of choice. Prescription drugs are also prime bait for drug users willing to turn criminal to get them.
And then there are the innocent. Every year, there are 60,000 kids younger than age 5 who unintentionally take a medicine or overdose on it — and 95 percent of those were children who got the pills or liquids when an adult was not watching.
Pill collections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Issaquah Police Department at 130 E. Sunset Way. Put the Drug Take Back Day on your spring cleaning list.