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People can turn in their unused medication to various Longs Drug stores for disposal as part of the Hawaii Drug Take-Back Program. Keith Kamita of the state Narcotics Enforcement Division showed examples of pills yesterday at the state Capitol. Next to him were Longs Drugs pharmacist Jamie Tomita, center, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special-Agent-in-Charge Robin Dinlocker.

People with outdated prescription drugs can dispose of them safely and anonymously beginning tomorrow as the islands join a nationwide movement to keep old medications away from potential abusers and out of Hawaii’s water supply.

Only tablets, capsules and other solid medications will be accepted and incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines, state Attorney General Mark Bennett announced yesterday.

Intravenous solutions and syringes will not be allowed.

People wanting to dispose of prescription drugs can call 837-8470 or visit hawaii.gov/ag, or bring their medications to the following locations:

» 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Longs Drugs Moiliili, 2220 S. King St.

» 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday: Molokai Drugs, 28 Kamoi St., Suite 100, Kualapuu.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2: Longs Drugs, 3-2600 Kaumualii Highway No. 1, Lihue.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9: Longs Drugs, Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, 46-047 Kaneohe Bay Drive.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16: Longs Drugs, Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23: Longs Drugs Manana, 1130 Kuala St., Pearl City.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6: Longs Drugs, Waianae Mall Shopping Center, 86-120 Farrington Highway.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13: Longs Drugs, 4-831 Kuhio Highway, Suite 500, Kapaa, Kauai.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20: Longs Drugs, Prince Kuhio Plaza, 111 E. Puainako St., Hilo.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4: Longs Drugs, 1221 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina.

» 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11: Longs Drugs Lanihau, 75-5595 Palani Road, Kona.


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