Got Drugs? Prescription Drug Take Back event in September

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The Department of the Attorney General is once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and State Narcotics Enforcement Division, Department of Public Safety to coordinate two prescription take back events:

  • September 25-27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: A collection site will be on Oahu at The Good Life Expo, Seniors’ Fair at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Center.
  • September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: The DEA’s 10th National Take Back Initiative will be on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii. Anyone with expired or unused prescription medications is encouraged to bring their medications to a designated collection site. (See bottom of this post)

This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of medication will be accepted. New or used needles and syringes will not be accepted.

According to the DEA, many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the rates of accidental poisoning and overdose due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

In the previous nine Take Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected. Since 2010, Hawaii has collected 16,778 pounds of drugs.Unused or expired medicine should be disposed of properly when it is no longer needed for the illness for which it was prescribed.

  • Medicines may lose their effectiveness after the expiration date.
  • Improper use of prescription drugs can be as dangerous as illegal drug use.

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of accidental poisoning.

  • Homes where children or the elderly live are especially vulnerable to this danger.
  • People may mistake one type of medicine for another type. Children may mistake medicine for candy.

Unused or expired medicine should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

  • Proper disposal helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

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Locations for the DEA’s 10th National Take Back Initiative on Sept. 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:OAHU:

  • Hawaii State Capitol – Beretania Street drive-thru

    415 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI

  • Kahala Mall – inside mall

    4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI

  • Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) – front of Exchange

    Kaneohe Bay, HI (Must have base access)

  • Pearl City Police Station – parking lot

    1100 Waimano Home Rd., Pearl City, HI

  • Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange (NEX) – main lobby

    4725 Bouganville Drive, Honolulu, HI

  • Schofield Barracks Army and Air Force Exchange Service

    (AAFES) Post Exchange (PX) – inside near flower shop

    Schofield Barracks, HI

    (Must have base access)

  • Mililani High School – parking lot A near cafeteria

    95-1200 Meheula Parkway, Mililani, HI

  • Windward Mall – inside mall, near food court entrance

    46-056 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI


  • Ka Waena Lapa’au Medical Complex – parking lot

    670 Ponahawai Street, Hilo, HI

  • Hawaii Police Department

    Kona Police Station – parking lot

    74-0611 Hale Makai Place, Kailua-Kona, HI


  • Kauai Police Department – parking lot

    3990 Kaana Street, Lihue, HI


  • Maui Police Departnent Kihei Police Station – parking lot

    2201 Piilani Highway, Kihei, HI

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