The recent Rx disposal event at the Battle Ground Police Department served 121 households by safely disposing of their unwanted medications. The event was one of three held throughout Clark County that served a total of 600 households and disposed of 1,300 pounds of unwanted medications, syringes and inhalers.
At the Battle Ground event, 157 pounds of medications were collected for disposal. Another 9.5 pounds of non-prescription, non-expired medications were donated to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington.
The safe and secure disposal of medications is important in preventing the misuse of prescription drugs, especially among teens. In addition, trace amounts of medication have been found in ground and surface water - to prevent pollution, unwanted medication should not be put in toilets or dumped down drains.
The collection was sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! Coalition, Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Washington Pharmacy Association, Vancouver and Battle Ground police departments and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance. Several volunteers from these organizations worked to make the event possible.
While the recent Saturday event allowed for easy drive-thru drop off, medications can be disposed of at the Battle Ground Police Department office, located at 507 SW 1st Street, any time during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.