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SPECIAL UNWANTED MEDICATION COLLECTIONS

Two special unwanted medication collection events will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clark College's Purple Parking Lot No. 1 (by the soccer field) located at 1900 Fort Vancouver Way and at the Battle Ground Police Department, 507 S.W. First Street. All unwanted medications (controlled and non-controlled - see description below) will be accepted at this event.

This event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Battle Ground Police Department and Clark County Environmental Services and in partnership with Clark College, PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County, and Prevent Together Battle Ground Prevention Alliance.

Medications

Controlled substances (prescription medications such as pain killers and tranquilizers which are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act) can be taken to local participating law enforcement agencies Controlled substances can be taken to participating Sheriff or Police Departments.

Non-controlled substances (over-the-counter drugs as well as some prescriptions that are not regulated by the Controlled Substances Act) and only non-controlled substances can be taken to local Participating Pharmacies.

What are unwanted medications

Unwanted medications are medications that are outdated or no longer needed. People often inherit prescription or over-the-counter drugs when a relative or friend has passed away.

What are Controlled and Non-controlled substances?

Unwanted medications can include CONTROLLED and NON-CONTROLLED substances.

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES are drugs or chemicals whose manufacture, possession and use are regulated by the Controlled Substances Act which is enforced the Drug Enforcement Administration. CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES may include illegal drugs or prescription medications such as pain killers and tranquilizers.

NON-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES include over-the-counter drugs as well as some prescriptions that are not regulated by the Controlled Substances Act.

To determine if you have a CONTROLLED or NON-CONTROLLED substance, ask your doctor or pharmacist or call the National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Why is improper disposal of unwanted medications dangerous?

Improper disposal of unwanted medications can result in serious harm to humans, animals, and the environment. Proper drug disposal is an emerging issue in the environmental arena. All medications applied or ingested may be excreted or washed into sewage systems and discharged to the environment. The risks posed to humans by long-term consumption of minute quantities of medications in drinking water, as well as the risks to the environment by continual exposure are unknown. Flushing unwanted medications down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage just adds to the problem.

Medications in our wastewater

In 2002 the United States Geological Survey (USGS) published the results of a two-year study that included nationwide sampling and analysis of streams for wastewater contaminants including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and hormones. The study results indicated that many wastewater contaminants were present at detectable quantities in rivers across the nation. While the concentrations detected in the study were low, and rarely exceeded drinking water guidelines or aquatic life criteria, the USGS pointed out that standards haven’t been set for many compounds because we don’t yet know enough about them or their effect on human or environmental health.

Donate

Some unwanted medications can be donated to the Free Clinic of SW Washington

Proper Disposal

How can I safely dispose of unwanted medications?

Prior to transporting your unwanted medications, be sure that:

  • They are in the original container with the name of the medicine visible.
  • They are in a container that is not leaking and is capable of being be sealed.
  • All patient information has either been removed or obscured.

Where can I safely dispose of unwanted Non-Controlled Substances?

Where can I safely dispose of unwanted Controlled Substances?

Controlled substances can be taken to participating Sheriff or Police Departments.

Remember

  • Always call before transporting unwanted medications. Not all medications can be taken to every disposal site. Some medications must be taken to special sites for proper disposal.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist or call the National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 to find out if your unwanted medications are controlled or non-controlled substances.

 

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