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April 17, 2019

Skagit County Residents Can Dispose of Prescription Drugs at Take-Back Event

SKAGIT COUNTY, WA - Local police stations and community youth substance use prevention coalitions will be hosting a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 2pm. The following sites will be participating in this national event:

  • Anacortes Police Department, 1218 24th St, Anacortes, WA 98221
  • Concrete Community Center with the Concrete Resource Coalition, 45821 Railroad St, Concrete, WA 98237
  • Mount Vernon Police Department with the Mount Vernon HOPE Coalition, 1805 Continental Pl, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 (FREE medication lock bags available at this location)
  • PeaceHealth United General Medical Center with Sedro-Woolley RISE, 2000 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 (FREE medication lock bags available at this location)
  • Swinomish Tribal Police Department, 17353 Reservation Rd, La Conner, WA, 98257
This event is for the public to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication in a safe and easy way. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Medications can remain in their original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in their original containers will be accepted too.

This take-back event helps support two campaigns from the Washington State Health Care Authority - Starts with One, and Take Back Your Meds. These campaigns inform and educate youth, young adults, parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal.

According to the campaign website, "75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn't prescribed for them - usually taken from a friend or family member." Simple steps, like safely disposing of medications, can stop them from being misused. Participating in these take-back events is one thing that individuals can do to help positively impact the opioid crisis and protect loved ones.

For those who are unable to attend this event, the following medication return locations accept most prescription medications year-round during business hours: Family Pharmacy (Skidmore Pharmacy), Sea Mar Community Health Center Pharmacy (Mount Vernon and Concrete locations), Schaffner Pharmacy (Sedro-Woolley), Skagit Valley Hospital Pharmacy, Skagit County Sheriff's Office and the Swinomish Tribal Police Department.

For more information about the HCA Starts with One and Take You're your Meds campaigns, visit www.getthefactsrx.com.
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SKAGIT COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
700 South 2nd Street Room #301 Mount Vernon, WA 98273   (360) 416-1500 Fax (360) 416-1501