National Drug Take-Back event provides way to get rid of unused medications

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Law enforcement agencies in Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties will take part in the National Drug Take-Back event on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the national Drug Enforcement Agency and is intended to give participants the opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Jenkins said abuse of prescription drugs is a new drug problem. Jenkins, who is the department's drug enforcement officer, said young people are taking "anything and everything" they find in medicine cabinets.

The collection will allow residents to safely dispose of drugs that in the past were flushed down the toilet, which can be harmful to the water supply, Jenkins said.

Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time nationwide.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of the initiative.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted, but should be sealed tightly.

Collection sites

  • Garfield County Sheriff's Office, 789 W. Main St.. Call 509-843-3494 with questions
  • Columbia County Sheriff's Office, 341 E. Main St.
  • Walla Walla Police Department, 15 N. Third St.

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