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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 2, 2011

Take-Back drug day big success

On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department collected controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medications—no questions asked.

The successful event was a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of the second nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative.

The Bellevue Police Department staffed three separate locations and collected eight (8) boxes (290 lbs) of unwanted medications.  Last year, eight boxes (398 lbs) were collected.  "Perhaps the lower overall take can be attributed to the success of last year's event and the fact that we are actually making a dent in the amount of pills that are out there," commented Major Michael Johnson. "The campaign's efforts are working!"

Police personnel at the event reported a very appreciative public who were very grateful for the opportunity to safely dispose of their un-used medications.

For more information on how to safely dispose of unwanted drugs, visit http://www.takebackyourmeds.org/

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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