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Drop Off for Old and Expired Medication, Oct. 22

October 20, 2016, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated October 20, 3:16 PM
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National Take Back Initiative schedule of events.

National Take Back Initiative schedule of events.

The Maui Police Department will be partnering with the Department of the Attorney General and Drug Enforcement Administration to coordinate a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Wailuku Police Station.

This will be the 12th National Take-Back Initiative for the State of Hawaiʻi, with additional collection points on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island.

The public is encouraged to bring in expired or unused prescription medication to the collection sites. This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Tablets, capsules and all other solid forms of medication will be accepted.

*New or used needles and syringes will not be accepted.

Unused or expired medicine should be disposed of properly when it is no longer needed for which it was prescribed.

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

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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.

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

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