Unused medications pose a risk to our families, communities and the environment. Don’t store them, flush them or throw them in the trash. Safely dispose of your unused medications free of charge at the Lake Forest Park Police Department on the second floor of City Hall. Simply bring your leftover medicines to the Police Department window and the clerks will give you instructions on how to use the green Secure Medicine Disposal box in the second floor lobby.
Reliable studies suggest that anywhere form 10 – 30 percent (hundreds of thousands of pounds) of all drugs go unused. Once they become leftovers, medicines designed to improve our lives can become devastating destroyers. About ½ of the 37,000 phone calls to the Washington Poison Center concern young children who have been poisoned by medicines found at home.
The problem goes beyond drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Leftover medicine is toxic waste and when it’s flushed, poured down the drain or dumped in the garbage it can end up polluting our waters, hurting aquatic life and contaminating food and water supplies.
Shoreline Police Department will be conducting its fifth National Pharmaceutical Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Shoreline Police Station.
This program is sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and continues to be a great success. Last year, Shoreline Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit collected over 300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs for disposal - equating to approximately 50 paper grocery bags full.
Thank you in advance to all who take advantage of this program.