Centralia October Drug Take-back Event

For immediate release: October 15, 2021

For more information contact:

sara.bumgardner@lewiscountywa.gov

Centralia Drug Take-back Event and Resource Fair on October 23rd

Centralia, WA – The Centralia Prevention Coalition will host National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 23 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot at Centralia Middle School. This event encourages community members to dispose of unused or expired medication in a safe and easy way and access local resources. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Medications can remain in their original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in their original containers will be accepted too.

Community members can help prevent drug misuse and overdose deaths by dropping off unused, outdated, and unwanted prescription medicines for safe disposal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of teens and young adults have used prescriptions medications not prescribed to them. Misused prescription drugs are often obtained from family and friends. Safely disposing of medications helps prevent misuse by a friend, family member or other home visitor and reduces the risk of deadly overdose.

The Centralia Prevention Coalition and community partners will be giving away free Naloxone (Narcan), medication lock boxes, snacks and hot drinks, and more. Flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines will also be available during the event. KAYO 96.9FM and KGY 95.3FM radio stations will be giving away Seahawks tickets as well as a vacation to Ocean Shores during the event! Bonus giveaway entries are available for participating in event activities. Community service providers will also be available to answer questions about local mental health, substance use, and other resources.

This event is sponsored by the Centralia Prevention Coalition, Washington State Health Care Authority, and AmeriGroup, along with CHOICE Regional Health Network, Cascade Community Healthcare, KAYO 96.9FM and KGY 95.3FM, Community Integrated Health Services, Family Education and Support Services, Centralia Pharmacy, Birds Eye Medical, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington, Molina Healthcare, Community Health Plan of Washington, and Lewis County Public Health & Social 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: October 15, 2021