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Drug Take-Back Events Collect Unwanted Medications in Three SW WA Counties - 10/11/18

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country.? An estimated 54 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), more people report using controlled prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. Which is why safe medicine take-back programs, like those scheduled on October 27th, are needed to get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes. 

Residents in three SW Washington counties can safely dispose of all unused medications at seven free collection events.   All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at:  

  • Clark County (4 sites): 
    • PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (S. Back Lot), Vancouver 
    • Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park, 12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver 
    • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground 
    • Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal 
  • Skamania County (1 site): 
    • Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 200 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson 
  • Klickitat County (2 sites): 
    • West County Take Back Site: Skyline Hospital, 211 NE Skyline Dr., White Salmon 
    • NEW event site: East County Take Back Site: Klickitat County Courthouse, 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale 

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse and accidental poisoning.  Most people who misuse medications, including teens, get the drugs from a friend or relative, often without their knowledge, rather than from a drug dealer. Painkillers make up the largest share of misused prescription drugs, and more than half (53 percent) of prescription opioid users got their last painkillers from a friend or relative, with 40 percent paying nothing for the pills. 

Medications can contaminate our drinking water and should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash. Drug Take Back events and programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the DEA.  

The October 27th collection event is funded in part by Washington State Health Care Authority (WA-HCA), and organized thanks to many community partnerships including Clark County Public Health, Clark County Green Neighbors, Kaiser Permanente, PeaceHealth, Battle Ground Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, Washougal Police Department, La Center Police Department, Ridgefield Police Department, Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue, Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Courthouse, Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Goldendale Police Department, CPAKC, Walgreens, Connect Evergreen, La Center United, Prevent Coalition, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition, Connect Evergreen, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance, KLASAC, Our Klickitat Coalition, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.  

In April 2018, six collection events in three SW WA counties collected more than 4,800 pounds of medications from nearly 1,500 participants. If you’re unable to attend this event, there are disposal options available year round at several collection sites across Clark, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. Controlled substances, such as painkillers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications and sharps, can be taken to local participating transfer and recovery centers. Visit www.takebackyourmeds.org for more details on where to drop off your medications.  

All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the October 27th events. Only two Clark County event collection locations, Kaiser Cascade Park and PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care, will be accepting Sharps and syringes for disposal. For more information about the event, call Clark County Public Health at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352, or contact the Prevent Coalition at eventcoalition@esd112.org" target="_blank">preventcoalition@esd112.org

 

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