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HPD to Hold Drug Take-Back Day

October 19, 2016, 10:45 AM HST
* Updated October 19, 10:50 AM
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Big Island Now stock photo. Oct. 2016

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The Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The public may 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:

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

Kona police station parking lot
74-0611 Hale Makaʻi 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.

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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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