Drug take-back event collects unwanted medications on October 27

News Release from ESD 112
Posted on FlashAlert: October 23rd, 2018 11:14 AM

WHAT

Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat County residents can safely dispose of all unused prescription and over the counter medications at seven free collection events. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at each event location. Sharps and syringes will ONLY be accepted at the Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park and PeaceHealth SW Urgent Care event locations.

 

WHERE

All events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27th, at:

  • 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 Sheriff’s Office, 200 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson
  • Skyline Hospital, 211 NE Skyline Dr., White Salmon
  • Klickitat County Courthouse, 205 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale

 

WHY

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. Unused medication left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse and accidental poisoning.  Most people, including teens, who misuse prescription medicationsoften get the drugs from a friend or relativewithout their knowledge, rather than from a drug dealer. Safe medicine take-back programs, like those scheduled on October 27th, get potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes and medicine cabinets and keeps them out of our waterways and landfills.

 

WHO

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 Southwest, 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, West Van for Youth, One Prevention Alliance, KLASAC, Our Klickitat Coalition, and U.S. Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.