If you have expired medicine in your cabinets, there's a free event this weekend to help you get rid of them safely. DEA Officer Tom Olsen and Healthy Choice Coalition member Rebekah Haakenson joined us to discuss the Drug Take Back Day.

"You can bring your unwanted, unused or expired medication to drop-off sites across Alaska," said Olsen. "Including five right here in Anchorage, one in Palmer, and one in Wasilla".

The event is a great chance to safely dispose of drugs, but Olsen also talked about ways to dispose of them improperly.

"You don't want to just flush them down the toilet, or leave them in your medicine cabinets for extended periods of time," said Olsen. "The majority of people that are getting hooked on opioids are getting it from family and friends."

Haakenson displayed the pill pods and disposable bags that can help people to keep their medications secure and disposed of properly. These items will also be available for free at the drop off sites.

The Drug Take Back event is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Here is a list of drop off sites around Anchorage and the Mat-Su:

  • Fred Meyer's, Abbot
  • Fred Meyer's, Muldoon
  • Fred Meyer's Eagle River
  • Fred Meyer's, Wasilla
  • Fred Meyer's, Palmer
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Providence Hospital