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Des Moines Police Department
Wednesday October 26th, 2011 :: 12:00 p.m. PDT


Des Moines Police Prescription Drug Disposal Event-Saturday, Oct 29th

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

DEA in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States conducted National Prescription Drug Take Back Days on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and April 25, 2011. Nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation participated in these events, collecting more than 309 tons of pills. Des Moines Police alone collected nearly 500lbs of medication for safe disposal!

Four days after last fall’s Take-Back Day, Congress passed legislation amending the Controlled Substances Act to allow the DEA to develop a process for people to safely dispose of their prescription drugs. DEA immediately began developing this process after President Obama signed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 on October 12. Until that process is complete, however, DEA will continue to hold Take Back Days every six months.

DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for this Saturday, October 29, 2011 to continue to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first two events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.

The Des Moines Police Department is again hosting two collection sites in the City of Des Moines at the following locations, during the specified times (look for the Des Moines Police Mobile Precinct):

Bartell Drugs - Parking Lot
21615 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines WA 98198
9am - 1pm

Bartell Drugs - Parking Lot
27055 Pacific Hwy South
Des Moines WA 98198
2pm - 6pm

For more informaiton contact: Officer Batterman at 206-870-7617 or

Des Moines Police Department
21900 11th Ave S
Des Moines, WA 98198

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 206-878-3301

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