Turn in unused, expired prescription drugs during national take-back initiative

Do you have any expired or unused prescription medications? If so, you’re encouraged to bring those drugs to various collection sites around the state on Saturday for proper disposal.

The Department of the Attorney General is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration and State Narcotics Enforcement Division, Department of Public Safety to coordinate a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various collection points on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hilo and Kona on Hawaii Island.

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, “The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.”

In Hawaii, from September 2010- April 2016, over 22,300 pounds of pharmaceuticals have been safely collected and disposed of at the previous 10 take-back events. Nationwide, the take-backs have collected a total of 3,200 tons of pharmaceuticals.

  • 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 or 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.

Locations for the DEA’s 11th National Take Back Initiative on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

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)

Town Center of Mililani
95-1249 Meheula Parkway, Mililani, HI

Windward Mall – inside on 2nd floor, mauka entrance
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI

Ka Waena Lapa’au Medical Complex – upper 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 – parking lot
55 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, HI

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