Local law enforcement agencies are planning events connected to the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, taking place tomorrow in Longview, Castle Rock and Cathlamet. This is being coordinated with the Drug Enforcement Agency; Longview Police Community Service Officer Cindy Lopez Werth says that this is the 13th time in seven years that they worked with the DEA on helping to get expired, unwanted and unused drugs out of local homes. Nationwide, more than 35 hundred tons of drugs have been collected in the 12 previous Take-Back Days.
Between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow, Longview Police will accept expired and unwanted prescription meds at the main station on Hudson Street. This disposal is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. LPD will supply ziplock bags that you’ll be able to pour your drugs into, and then you’ll keep your pills bottles. There’s also a permanent drug drop-off location in the lobby of LPD, along with drop-off stations at the Hall of Justice and at the Kelso Police Department.
In Castle Rock, your old, expired and unwanted medications can be dropped off at the Castle Rock Senior Center between 9 am and noon tomorrow; they will also have a limited supply of Home Medicine Lock Boxes, devices that can help to increase your drug security at home. Coffee and cake will also be served. The Castle Rock Senior Center is located at 222 Second Avenue; call 274-4711 for more information.
Wahkiakum County staff will be collecting old and unwanted prescription drugs between 10 am and 2 pm in the lobby of the courthouse in Cathlamet. They’ll also be celebrating the installation of the permanent drug drop-off in Cathlamet, which will allow local residents to dispose of those meds without having to wait for this annual event.