Reminder: Law enforcement agencies will take back prescription drugs Saturday

Lynnwood-police-patch3-2Several law enforcement agencies, including the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynnwood Police Department, will take back prescription and over-the-counter drugs on Saturday, April 30.

The goal of Drug Take-Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In 2015, more than four tons of unwanted medications were collected as part of the drug take-back program in Snohomish County alone.

The drug take-back program is an important tool in the fight against drug abuse in Snohomish County, including the growing heroin epidemic.

“Many of today’s heroin addicts started with prescription drug abuse,” Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force Commander Pat Slack said.

Slack said the abuse of prescription drugs like oxycodone is often a gateway for many of today’s heroin users because opioid prescription painkillers have the same effect on the brain and body as heroin. When the supply of prescription drugs runs out, users turn to the nearest (and often cheaper) alternative: heroin.

“We know we cannot fight the problem through arrest and incarceration alone,” Slack said. “We need Snohomish County communities to help us get opioid prescription drugs out of the hands of those who will abuse or misuse them.”

Below is a full list of locations accepting prescription drugs on Saturday for Drug Take-Back Day:

Lynnwood Police Department
19321 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98292
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office South Precinct
15928 Mill Creek Blvd
Mill Creek, WA 98012
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Edmonds Police Department
250 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace Police Department
5906 232nd St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Everett Police Department
3002 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA 98201
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lake Stevens Police Department
2211 Grade Rd
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office North Precinct
15100 40th Ave NE
Marysville, WA 98271
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office East Precinct (Sultan Police Department)
515 Main St.
Sultan, WA 98294
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Granite Falls Police Department
8727 271st Street NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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