Program lets you dispose of drugs

 

April 24, 2019



The number one way youth obtain prescription drugs not prescribed to them is from friends and family members, with or without permission. In Washington State, 7 percent of 12th graders misused prescription drugs in the past 30 days—that’s 1.5 times higher than the national average, according to the 2018 Washington Healthy Youth Survey and 2018 Monitoring the Future national survey.

That’s why nearly three dozen local community groups are taking action—hosting free Drug Take-Back events.

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can safely dispose of all unused and leftover prescription and over-the-counter medications (including inhalers and liquid medications) at any Drug Take-Back Event location.

Did you know:

• Prescription opioids are a growing cause of overdose. Only 29 percent of families with children age 18 and younger report storing medications safely in the home, in a latched or locked location, according to a 2017 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

• Medications can contaminate the environment and drinking water when disposed of in the toilet or trash. Drug Take-Back events and programs dispose of medications properly and safely through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Find year-round take-back locations near you at http://www.takebackyourmeds.org for safe and free medication disposal.

Drug Take-Back Event locations

Klickitat Valley Health, 310 S. Roosevelt, Goldendale

Skyline Hospital, 211 NE Skyline Dr., White Salmon

Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 200 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenson

The Drug Take-Back event is funded in partnership with Washington State Health Care Authority and organized with assistance from the following community partners:

• CPAKC

• Goldendale Police Department

• Klickitat Valley Health

• KLASAC

• Our Klickitat

• Bingen-White Salmon Police Department

• Skyline Hospital

• Prevent Coalition

Skamania County Sheriff’s Office

• One Prevention Alliance

• U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

For more information, visit: http://www.preventcoalition.org/resources bit.ly/takeback2019 bit.ly/LocksSaveLives.

 

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