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Take Back Meds and Shred Awareness Day is Saturday

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Law enforcement agencies in the valley are teaming up with businesses to help you get rid of unwanted prescription drugs and personal documents for free on Saturday, April 27 in Yakima and Sunnyside.

It’s the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (“DEA”) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The drop off sites will accept outdated, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and will shred old bank statements, credit card records, bills, and other financial or personal documents from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm as part of an effort to prevent identity theft. The Yakima drop off site will be at the Solarity Credit Union branch located at 401 Tieton Drive.

In Sunnyside, the drop off site will be the Sunnyside Justice Center, 401 Homer Street.

Yakima County Crime Stoppers, the Yakima and Sunnyside police departments, CI Shred, and

Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors have partnered to put on the event.

trash. “Having people bring prescription drugs that they no longer use or no longer want to a drop off

site is a much better alternative than getting rid of them any other way,” said City of Yakima Wastewater Division Environmental Compliance Officer Holly Myers. “The drop off sites provide

a free, anonymous, no-questions-asked option to dispose of old pills and medicines safely.”

“Getting rid of old personal documents is an easy and practical way to avoid becoming a victim

of identity theft,” said Yakima County Crime Stoppers President Dave Purcell. “By bringing their documents to one of our drop off sites, people can be assured that they will be shredded and disposed of properly.”

The drop off sites will accept up to two banker boxes or three shopping bags of personal documents per person. There is no limit to the amount of prescription medications that can be dropped off at the Yakima and Sunnyside locations.


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