The Battle Ground Police Station will serve as a drop-off site on Saturday, October 27 for the semi-annual Drug Take Back Event. Anyone with expired or unneeded medications may dispose of them safely and free of charge at the Battle Ground Police Station located at 507 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
All unwanted medications, prescription or over-the-counter, in pill, liquid or inhaler form will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers, with labels attached, but medications not in the original container are accepted as well. Organizers ask that lids are tight on liquid medications and that those participating refrain from including unrelated recycling or garbage with disposed medications.
While sharps and syringes are not accepted at the Battle Ground location, two Drug Take Back Event locations in Vancouver are accepting sharps: PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Urgent Care and the Cascade Park Kaiser Permanente. The event flyer provides details and information on all site locations within Clark and Skamania counties.
Appropriate disposal of expired or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs helps keep homes and the community safe by reducing accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of medications. The most common drugs misused by teens and adults come from family and friends’ home medicine cabinets. About 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from family and friends and 80% of heroin users start by using pain medications prescribed to them or someone they know.
Drug disposal is also an environmental concern. Unused medications should never be flushed down the toilet or put in the trash; improperly disposed of medications can easily contaminate water systems.
Battle Ground’s Drug Take Back Event is a collaborative effort of the Battle Ground and Ridgefield Police Departments, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, and La Center United.