Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day and Edmonds residents can dispose of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers and other medications, at the Edmonds Police Department in downtown Edmonds or Bartell Drug in the Westgate neighborhood between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bartell Drug accepts unwanted vitamins, pet medications, over-the-counter medications, inhalers and unopened EpiPens, but only law enforcement locations can handle the controlled substances. Leave all items in their original containers.
“Unintentional poisonings frequently involve prescription drugs, so this voluntary program helps prevent unintentional poisonings among our county’s residents,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of Snohomish Health District, the local public health agency for Snohomish County. “The program also protects the public’s safety and health by removing unwanted medicines from household trash and septic systems.”
Misused prescription drugs are the illicit drugs of choice among 12- and 13-year olds. Almost 11 percent of 10th graders reported using pain relievers to get high in the past 30 days. For the first time among teens, there are as many new abusers of prescription drugs as marijuana abusers.
The Saturday drug-return hours support the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s “National Drug Take-back Day,” through participation by the Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal. Partnership members include the Snohomish Health District, Snohomish County, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office, the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, the Washington State Patrol, and all local law enforcement agencies.