Prescription drug take-back event planned Saturday

A prescription drug take-back event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Maui Police Department’s parking lot at 55 Mahalani St. in Wailuku

Anyone with expired or unused prescription medications is encouraged to bring them to the collection site.

The service is free and anonymous. Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage 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 the illness for which it was prescribed, and having unused or expired medicine in one’s home increases the risk of accidental poisoning, according to a news release.

Unused or expired medicine should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet as it could enter a human water supply or could harm aquatic life.

The state Department of the Attorney General is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration, state Narcotics Enforcement Division and state Department of Public Safety to coordinate the event.

For more information, see www.dea.gov or www.ag.hawaii.gov.

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