All across the U.S., people with outdated, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs can get rid of them for free on Saturday, Oct. 26 during the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s
(“DEA”) sixth “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”.

Two drop off sites will be open in Yakima from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. One drop off site will be will be located in the parking lot at 207 South 3rd Street across from the Richard A. Zais, Jr. Center for Law and Justice. Another drop off site will be located in the parking lot of the Solarity Credit Union branch at 401 Tieton Dr.

There is no limit to the amount of prescription medications that can be dropped off at the Yakima locations.

The DEA conducted its first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2010 to both curb the misuse of prescription drugs and to reduce the number of prescription drugs improperly disposed of. Since then, participation in the event has consistently grown. In total, almost 1,000 tons of prescription drugs have been turned in through the program.

“Having people bring prescription drugs that they no longer use or no longer want to a drop off site is a much better alternative than getting rid of them any other way,” said City of Yakima Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “The drop off sites provide a free, anonymous, no-questions-asked option to dispose of old pills and medicines safely.”

More information about the October 26th Drug Take Back Day can be found on the DEA website.