Submitted by Lewis County Public Health & Social Services

Centralia Police Department and Centralia Prevention Coalition are hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Centralia City Hall, 118 Maple Street. Community members can help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by dropping off misused, outdated, and unwanted prescription medicines for safe disposal.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition to secure, safe disposal of drugs, there will be prevention resources, along with free food boxes, medication lock boxes and a free goody bag when you complete the community survey. CHOICE Regional Health Insurance sign-ups will also be available.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event is organized in part by the Washington State Health Care Authority through the Centralia Prevention Coalition, along with Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, Moore Wright Group, Molina Healthcare, CHOICE Regional Health Network, and Family Education and Support Services.

For more information, contact Sara Bumgardner at Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, 360-520-6879 or email sara.bumgardner@lewiscountywa.gov.

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