Safely Dispose of Unused Meds at Drive-Thru Drug Take Back Events

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. With two-thirds of prescribed medications going unused, the amount of medicine accumulating in households is substantial — and dangerous. On Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, there will be four locations in Clark County where unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication can be dropped off for safe FREE disposal.

Unused medicines left in the home increase opportunities for drug abuse. More than half of people 12 or older who used pain relievers nonmedically report getting the drug from a friend or relative for free. Safely disposing of unused medications and reducing access could also lead to lower overdose death rates.

Proper drug disposal isn’t just a safety issue, it’s also an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash, as the medications can contaminate water systems. Drug Take Back programs like this one dispose of medications safely through the DEA.

When dropping off medications, participants will remain in their vehicle and use a drive-thru process to dispose of unwanted and expired medications (including pet medications) as well as vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries. All event sites will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

Drug Take Back Event locations:

Kaiser Permanente Orchards, 7101 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver
PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care, 33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
Washougal Silver Star Search & Rescue, 1220 A St., Washougal

Prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids, and inhalers will be accepted for disposal. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted.

Vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries will be accepted for free safe disposal at all four event sites. If batteries aren’t removable, check with electronic chain stores to ask if they accept these devices for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations to ask if they accept these devices and for additional guidance on proper disposal.

Please note that sharps and syringes will ONLY be accepted for disposal at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care event site located at 33rd & Main (South Back Lot) in downtown Vancouver.

Due to COVID-19, over the past few months, some local medication disposal sites have been temporarily closed. For more information about free year-round medication disposal locations in Clark and Skamania counties visit: https://www.preventcoalition.org/resources/meds/.

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