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Safely dispose of prescription drugs at Aberdeen Police Station on April 30

Submitted by Grays Harbor County Health

Ja Harbor Strong Coalition will be holding a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday April 30 at the Aberdeen Police Department at 210 E. Market St. in Aberdeen.

At the event, the public can dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs safely and easily. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Medications can remain in their original container and labels do not need to be removed. Medications that are not in their original container will also be accepted.

The recovery event supports the Washington State Health Care Authority’s “Starts with One” campaign. The Starts with One campaign informs and educates young adults, their parents and seniors about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription opioids.

According to the campaign’s website, “75% of opioid abuse begins with people using drugs that weren’t prescribed to them – usually taken by a friend or family member.” Simple measures, such as the safe disposal of medications, can prevent them from being misused.

Attending these recovery events is something individuals can do to help fight the opioid epidemic and protect their loved ones. The Harbor Strong Coalition and Aberdeen Police Volunteers in Policing Services (VIPS) will be handing out free medicine boxes at this event.

Check out Harbor Strong’s Drug Take-Back event Facebook page for more information: https://fb.me/e/1qIB5KLhL

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean