10-19-23 National Drug Take-Back Initiative Oct. 28

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Chief Benjamin T. Moszkowicz
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 28, 2023.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the 28th, 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, Hilo
  • Kona Police Station – inside lobby
    74-0611 Hale Makaʻi Place, Kailua-Kona

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.

Police want to remind the public that as part of the State of Hawaii, Department of Health’s Medication Drop Box Program, prescription medications may also be dropped off year-round at each of our eight district police stations. 

  • Hilo Police Station at 349 Kapiolani Street, Hilo
  • North Hilo Police Station at Puualaea Homestead Road, Laupahoehoe
  • Honokaa Police Station at 45-3400 Mamane Street, Honokaa
  • Waimea Police Station at 67-5185 Kamamalu Street, Waimea
  • Kapa’au Police Station at 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapa‘au
  • Kona Police Station at 74-611 Hale Maka‘i Place, Kailua-Kona
  • Na‘alehu Police Station at 95-5355 Mamalohoa Highway, Na‘alehu  
  • Puna Station at 15-2615 Keaau-Pahoa Highway, Pāhoa

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

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