The Battle Ground Police Station will serve as a drop-off site on Saturday, April 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; medications not in original container will be 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, they are accepted at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care and at Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park event sites.
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.
New this year at the Battle Ground location are free medication lock boxes to the first 50 qualified people. The number one reason youth misuse and abuse prescription drugs is ease of access. You can make a difference by locking up prescription medications. To see if you qualify for a free lock box visit bit.ly/LocksSaveLives.
Battle Ground’s Drug Take Back Day event is a collaborative effort of the Battle Ground Police Department, Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance, and the Cascadia Technical Academy Criminal Justice Program.
For details on all Clark and Skamania Drug Take Back locations, see the Drug Take Back Event flier.