Community substance misuse prevention coalitions, law enforcement agencies, and medical providers in Southwest Washington are collaborating to host drive‐thru drug take‐back events at five different locations across Clark County on Saturday, April 22, from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Community members are encouraged to bring their unused and expired prescriptions and over‐the‐counter medications for safe, free disposal to any one of the following drive-thru event sites. There will be two new drive-thru events sites located at Walgreens Fisher’s Landing and La Center Police Department.
Clark County Drive-Thru Event Sites:
- PeaceHealth Memorial Campus ‐ 33rd & Main (south back lot), Vancouver
- NEW SITE: Walgreens Fisher’s Landing East – 1905 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver
- Battle Ground Police Department ‐ 507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
- Washougal Police Department ‐ 1320 A St., Washougal
- NEW SITE: La Center Police Department – 105 W 5th St., La Center
All prescription and over‐the‐counter medications including pills, liquids, and inhalers will be accepted at any of the drive‐thru disposal events. Medications not in original containers will also be accepted. Removal of personal information on medication labels or packaging is not required for disposal at the event sites.
Please note that the Peacehealth Memorial Campus and Walgreens Fisher’s Landing event sites are the only locations accepting sharps and syringes for disposal from noncommercial sources only. Additionally, all event sites will collect vape pens and e‐cigarettes without batteries for disposal.
Community‐based medicine take‐back events and year-round disposal programs are the only safe and most environmentally protective way to dispose of medication. Medicine should never be flushed or thrown in the trash as it pollutes the environment and waterways, puts kids and pets at risk for accidental ingestion and poisonings, and could be retrieved and misused by someone it wasn’t prescribed for.
Kelley Groen‐Sieckmann, Community Prevention Project Coordinator with the Central Vancouver Coalition and ESD 112 said that take back events are meant to promote safe medication disposal and encourage community members to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a standard practice for preventing prescription drug misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting, reducing the risk for accidental ingestion or poisonings, and preventing medication from ending up in landfills and our drinking water.
“Statistics show that 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them – usually taken from a friend or family member, and each year over 60,000 children under age six end up in emergency rooms from accidentally ingesting medication,” explains Groen‐Sieckmann. “However, simple steps like properly disposing of medications and storing medicine in a locked location, can help prevent accidental poisonings, prescription drug misuse, and overall decrease the spread of the opioid problem we are seeing in our region and across the country,” she added.
Medicine take‐back events in Clark County are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority, law enforcement, and youth substance misuse prevention coalitions. For more info about the event, visit bit.ly/42223DTBE. If you’re unable to make it to the April 22nd event, you can find year-round medicine disposal sites or order free envelopes to dispose of medicine by mail at www.medtakebackwashington.org or bit.ly/DEATake-Back. Protect loved ones by taking the pledge to lock your meds and learn about the benefits of storing medication in a locked location at www.LocksSaveLives.org.
ABOUT CENTRAL VANCOUVER COALITION:
Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Central Vancouver Coalition is a Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative coalition formed in 2018 to reduce and prevent youth substance use by building an inclusive, resilient and connected community through awareness, education, and collaboration. As a community mobilizer, we promote resilience and growth through community and strive to create a culture promoting healthy choices; advocating for initiatives and policies that protect, empower and nurture youth; and facilitating positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive. For more info, visit www.centralvancoalition.org.