Public encouraged to turn in expired or unused drugs

The Hawaii Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative.

On Saturday, members of the public can turn in unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal:

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— Ka Waena Lapa‘au Medical Complex parking lot, 670 Ponahawai St., Hilo;

— Kona police station parking lot, 74-0611 Hale Maka‘i Place, Kailua-Kona.

Tablets, capsules and all other solid-dosage forms of medication will be accepted. New or used needles and syringes will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

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Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

For more information about the drug take-back program, visit www.dea.gov.

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