Overwhelming response to MLT police Drug Take Back event

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MLT Police DepartmentThe Mountlake Terrace Police Department received an overwhelming response to the “Drug Take Back” event on Sat., April 27, with more medications deposited than could be handled by the receptacle.

The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Snohomish Health District, involved the MLT Police Department headquarters taking the unusual step of being open on a Saturday to allow for people who are not able to get to the medication drop site during the normal work week.

“There was a good turnout resulting in an overflow of medications brought in,” said Police Department Records Specialist Beth Menstell. “We had to stand by the drop bin because no more would fit inside.”

Unwanted medicines are accepted at the police station, located at 5906-232nd St. S.W., anytime Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays.

The city will be accepting medications again at the annual Police Memorial and Open House on Wednesday, May 15, from just after 6 p.m., following the memorial, until 8 p.m. It is preferred but not required that medications are kept in their original containers. The only information recorded is the zip code of the depositor; otherwise names and other information on the medication containers should be blacked out.

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