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OLYMPIA – People around the state can safely dispose of their unused medications during events on Oct. 26.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting drug take-back events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations in Washington. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Medications can remain in their original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in their original containers also will be accepted.

This take-back event helps support three statewide campaigns from the Health Care Authority: Starts with OneTribal Opioid Solutionsand Take Back Your Meds. These campaigns inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal, particularly for opioids.

About 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them, usually taken from a friend or family member. Simple steps like safely disposing of unused medications can stop them from being misused.

“Participating in these take-back events is one way people can help tackle the opioid crisis and protect loved ones,” said Dr. Charissa Fotinos, HCA deputy chief medical officer.

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Herb Gerhardt

Here in Mason County we have two locations open 24/7, year-round where you can drop of your old prescription and non-prescription drugs. One is at the Sheriff's Office in Shelton, the other at NMRFA, Station 21 on the Old Belfair Hwy in Belfair.

We request that you remove all packaging and put the old drugs into a zip-lock bag in order to reduce the volume that MCSO has to transport to Spokane for disposal by incineration.

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