HONOLULU (KHON2) — “Take Back Day” is on Saturday, April 24. It is a day set aside to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
On this day, people are urged to empty out the medicine cabinet, getting rid of unwanted prescription drugs to keep them from ending up in the wrong hands.
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This year, the Department of the Attorney General and Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED), in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other agencies, are holding the event at seven locations.
On Saturday, people will be able to drive to seven locations across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to drop off medication they don’t need. While any prescription medication will be accepted, illicit drugs, syringes and needles will not be accepted.
The locations are:
Fire Station 18 Kailua
Pearl City Police Station
Ka Waena Lapaau Medical Complex
Kona Police Station
Kauai Police Department
Maui Police Department
“Since the fall of 2010, we’ve collected over 48,000 pounds of medications that could have ended up potentially in the wrong hands or in the environment, so that’s quite a bit.”Gary Whisenand, DEA Honolulu District Office Supervisor
For those unable to make it to the drop-off on Saturday, there are other ways to drop it off throughout the year.
“Several police department stations on various islands have drop boxes open at the police station 365 days a year. Additionally, every Longs pharmacy in Hawaii is registered with the DEA to be able to collect controlled substances from the users so thats an option as well,” said Whisenand.
Whisenand also warns to be careful when buying medication. They’ve been seeing a spike in counterfeit medications made with fentanyl being sold.
“If you don’t know where that medication came from… If you don’t know it came from a pharmacy a doctor or a hospital — don’t use it,” said Whisenand.