This Saturday you have a chance to clean out your medicine cabinet and drawers in your home where you may have old prescription drugs.

Authorities say DON'T throw those pills in the trash or in the toilet

Putting them in the trash or dumping them into the toilet are not the way you should be disposing of the old medications. Safe Yakima Valley and the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office have partnered for Yakima’s Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 16. The event at the sheriff’s office at 1822 South 1st Street will be held from 11:00AM TO 2:00PM. Free hot dogs will be served and a chance for you to dispose of old medications that could fall into the hands of the wrong people.

81 people have died of drug overdoses so far this year

Authorities want to prevent drug overdoses. So far this year 81 people in Yakima County have died from a drug overdose and there’s still more than 2 months left in the year.
It’s not known but it’s possible that some of your old prescriptions could fall into the wrong hands. That’s one of the main reasons for drug take back days held in Yakima every year.

More than 40 people die every day in the US from overdoses

According to the American Public Health Association, more than 40 people die every day due to prescription drug overdose and there is growing concern about teens using prescriptions from our own medicine cabinets to get high. This is why the safe disposal of these medications is so important for our community and our families. Drop boxes where you can drop off unwanted medications are located in a number of areas in the Yakima Valley.

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