10-17-22 National Drug Take-Back Initiative Oct. 29

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Acting Chief Kenneth Bugado, Jr.
Phone: (808) 961-2244

Media Release

To help reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse, the Hawaiʻi Police Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide prescription drug take-back initiative on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the 29th, members of the public may turn in unused, unneeded, or expired prescription medications at the following collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal:

    Ka Waena Lapaʻau Medical Complex parking lot
    670 Ponahawai Street

    Kona Police Station – inside lobby
    74-0611 Hale Makaʻi Place

Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of medication will be accepted. Vape or e-cigarette devices will be collected ONLY after batteries are removed. New or used needles and syringes will not be accepted.

Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not a part of this initiative.

Having unused and expired medicine in your home increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisoning. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life.

For more information about the drug take-back program, visit takebackday.dea.gov.

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