Centralia April Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take-Back Day and Community Resource Fair April 24

Centralia, WA – The Centralia Prevention Coalition will host a drive-through drug take-back event Saturday, April 24 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot at 415 North Pearl Street, across from Centralia City Hall.

The public is encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription and over-the counter medications for safe disposal with no questions asked. Medications can remain in their original containers or not, and labels do not need to be removed.

Along with the take-back event, a community resource fair will be on site. Community service providers will be available to discuss local resources and give away a wide variety of items including masks, hand sanitizer, medication lock boxes, and more. All participants will be required to socially distance and wear a cloth face covering.

National Drug Take-Back Day, now in its 20th year, helps educate community members about local resources and safe storage and disposal strategies for medications. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them — usually taken from a friend or family member.” Safely disposing of medications is one way people can help prevent drug misuse and protect their loved ones.

For more information on how to protect your family and community from unwanted and unused drugs, go to https://med-project.org/locations/washington/.

This National Drug Take-Back Day event is sponsored by the Washington State Health Care Authority through the Centralia Prevention Coalition, along with Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, Moore Wright Group, Molina Healthcare, AmeriGroup, CHOICE Regional Health Network, and Family Education and Support Services. The Centralia Police Department is coordinating the collection and disposal of medications.

For more information, contact Sara Bumgardner at Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, 360-520-6879 or email sara.bumgardner@lewiscountywa.gov.

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Posted: April 15, 2021