Maple Valley Police are keeping unused prescription drugs off the street and out of the wrong hands with a tool as easy as a box. In coordination with the Federal Government and their Drug Enforcement Agency we have installed a Drug Drop Off Box in the lobby of the police station. If you have prescription medication that you no longer need or are expired, you can bring them to Maple Valley Police for safe disposal during normal business hours.
This gives the citizens an opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. It also addresses the community concerns about safely disposing the medications. Unused medications pose a risk to families, communities and the environment. Insecurely stored, they may be stolen or mistakenly consumed by family members or house guests. If they are dumped down the drain or thrown into the trash, drugs can contaminate ground water and the environment. Once collected, officers will have the drugs incinerated in a certified process that eliminates risks to the community.
Prescription drugs can only be possessed by the patient or law enforcement. Controlled substances, such as narcotics, are drugs with a high potential for abuse and cannot be accepted by pharmacies for disposal. Examples of controlled substances are amphetamines, Valium, Ritalin, morphine, methadone and oxycodone.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem in our area. A new report on drug use in King County shows that the number of people dying from prescription–type opiate overdoses is growing. Of the 253 drug overdoses in 2009, more than half involved prescription–type pain killers like OxyContin. That's almost eight times higher than in 1997.
Returning unwanted medications makes your home safer. Return unwanted medicines for free and safe disposal. For additional information and a list of other drop-off locations, visit http://www.takebackyourmeds.org/.
Please note: Items can only be dropped when staff is present in the Maple Valley Police Department. For security purposes, if staff is not available the front door will be locked. Items cannot be left at City Hall with anyone. Please contact the Maple Valley Police Department at 425-413-5158 if you have any questions.