National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Everett Offers Safe Disposal of Medications

October 23, 2013

Events in Everett, Everett

Take back your meds day

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If you have old prescriptions that are expired, there are several locations in Everett where you can safely dispose of them this Saturday. A list of those locations follows this press release about the event provided by the Snohomish Health District…

An extra chance to securely dispose of unwanted medications is offered Saturday, Oct. 26 at police stations and some pharmacies throughout Snohomish County.

Residents are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and take unused prescriptions to secure disposal locations coordinated by the Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal. All sites will accept unwanted vitamins, pet medications, over-the-counter medications, inhalers, and unopened EpiPens as well as controlled substances such as painkillers. Site locations and times are available at www.takebackyourmeds.org or by calling 425.388.3199.

“Law enforcement, public health, and environmental professionals support take-back programs as the safest and most responsible way to get rid of unwanted and expired medicines that might otherwise harm people or the environment,” said Jonelle Fenton-Wallace, the Snohomish Health District representative on the Snohomish Regional Drug & Gang Task Force.

In addition to twice-yearly drug take-back days, all law enforcement locations in the county take back unwanted medicines, including controlled substances, throughout the year Monday through Friday. Year-round drop-off locations include the NCIS office at Naval Station Everett for those with access, Washington State Patrol office in Marysville, and tribal police stations on the Tulalip and Stillaguamish reservations. The year-around, countywide drop-off sites have collected more than 9 tons of unwanted drugs since 2009. Year-round locations can be found at www.snohd.org by searching for “unwanted medicine”.

The Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal addresses growing community concern about abuse, accidental poisonings, overdoses and contamination of water from unwanted medications. Year-round programs ensure that residents have ongoing access to safe disposal of unwanted and expired medicines. The partners agree that long-term success is dependent on sustainable funding for a statewide program. In some countries, drug-return programs are funded by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Partnership members include the Snohomish Health District, Snohomish County, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office, the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, the Washington State Patrol, and all local law enforcement agencies.

Here is the list of take-back locations available in Everett this Saturday…

Snohomish County Sheriff – Jail
3025 Oakes Ave., Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County Monday-Friday, 8am-10pm Accepts controlled substances
425-388-3199

Bartell Drugs, Everett – Silver Lake
11020 19th Ave , Everett WA 98208 – Snohomish County No controlled substances
425-379-5390

Bartell Drugs, Everett – Broadway
1825 Broadway , Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County No controlled substances
425-303-2583

Bartell Drugs, Everett – Seattle Hill Road
5006 132nd Street SE Bldg A , Everett WA 98208 – Snohomish County No controlled substances
425-357-6129

Everett Police – North Precinct
3002 Wetmore Ave., Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm Accepts controlled substances
425-257-8400

Everett Police – South Precinct
11210 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett WA 98208 – Snohomish County Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm Accepts controlled substances
425-388-3199

Group Health Cooperative, Everett Medical Center Pharmacy
2930 Maple St., Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County Monday-Friday 8:30am-9pm; Saturday and holidays 9am-3:30pm; Sunday 9am-12:30pmNo controlled substances
425-261-1560; 425-388-3199

NCIS – Naval Station Everett
2000 W Marine View Dr., Bldg 2000, Rm 234, Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County Accepts controlled substances
425-388-3199

Snohomish County Sheriff – Courthouse
4th Floor Courthouse; 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett WA 98201 – Snohomish County Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm Accepts controlled substances
425-388-3199

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