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Posted on: October 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Battle Ground PD Hosts Drug Take Back Day

Collecting medications at Drug Take Back Event

The Battle Ground Police Department is collecting prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe, free and anonymous disposal on Saturday, October 24.   Anyone with expired or unneeded medications may dispose of them between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Battle Ground Police Station located at 507 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground.  

For everyone’s safety, participants will remain in vehicles and use a drive-thru process to dispose of medications.  Onsite staff will follow appropriate COVID-19 safety guidelines for social distancing, face coverings, sanitizing & disinfecting.

All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, in pill, liquid or inhaler form will be accepted. Vaping devices and e-cigarettes without batteries will also be accepted.  

Sharps and syringes are not accepted at the Battle Ground location, but are accepted at the PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care located at 33rd & Main in downtown Vancouver.

Medications may be delivered in their original container, but it is not necessary.  Organizers ask that lids are tight on any liquid medications.  

Appropriate disposal of 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.  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 Day event is a collaborative effort of the Battle Ground Police Department and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance.

More details, including information on other Clark County Drug Take Back locations, is available here.

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