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Turn in extra medicine April 27 to protect families, environment


Jim Mansfield, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4016

Vancouver, WA – If you have medications you no longer need, you can dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 27, just as many people did during highly successful collection drives in 2012.

During last year’s events, more than 340 people brought in more than 900 pounds of unwanted medications for disposal by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, more than 300 pounds of paper, cardboard, glass and plastic containers were collected and recycled.

This year, unwanted medications will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at:

• Clark College's Purple Parking Lot No. 1 (by the soccer field), 1900 Fort Vancouver Way.
• Battle Ground Police Department, 507 S.W. First St.

These events are sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Clark County Environmental Services and the Battle Ground Police Department, in partnership with Clark College, PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County and PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Battle Ground.

Proper drug disposal also is an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down the drain.

Unwanted medications also can be disposed of at several collection sites across Clark County. Controlled substances, such as pain killers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to local participating pharmacies. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled) will be accepted at the collection event.

For more information visit “Medications” at or call Clark County Environmental Services at (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352.

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