An extra chance to securely dispose of unwanted medications is offered Saturday, Oct. 26 at police stations and some pharmacies throughout Snohomish County.
Residents are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and take unused prescriptions to secure disposal locations coordinated by the Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal. All sites will accept unwanted vitamins, pet medications, over-the-counter medications, inhalers, and unopened EpiPens as well as controlled substances such as painkillers. Site locations and times are available at www.takebackyourmeds.org or by calling 425.388.3199.
“Law enforcement, public health, and environmental professionals support take-back programs as the safest and most responsible way to get rid of unwanted and expired medicines that might otherwise harm people or the environment,” said Jonelle Fenton-Wallace, the Snohomish Health District representative on the Snohomish Regional Drug & Gang Task Force.
The Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal addresses growing community concern about abuse, accidental poisonings, overdoses and contamination of water from unwanted medications. Year-round programs ensure that residents have ongoing access to safe disposal of unwanted and expired medicines. The partners agree that long-term success is dependent on sustainable funding for a statewide program. In some countries, drug-return programs are funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.
Local sites include:
City: Granite Falls
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Granite Falls Police Department
205 South Granite Avenue
Granite Falls, WA 98252
City: Lake Stevens
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Location: Bartell Drugs (hosted by Lake Stevens Police Department)
621 SR 9 NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258