Submitted by the Coalition for Orcas Youth
Coalition for Orcas Youth encourages residents to securely store and safely dispose of any unused medications.
The Coalition for Orcas Youth urges residents of Orcas Island to prevent opioid misuse in their community by locking up medications to prevent misuse and safely disposing of unused medication. San Juan County has Take Back sites year-round. The Take Back location on Orcas Island is located at the San Juan County Sheriff’s sub-station located at 1323 Mt. Baker Road. If you are not comfortable leaving your home due to COVID-19, you can safely dispose of your medications, with a Sheriff’s Department med pick-up! The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department will pick up your unused medications at your home. Call the SJC non-emergency line 360-378-4151, and a deputy will arrange to collect your medications. For resources on easy ways to lock up and protect your family, visit GetTheFactsRx.com.
According to the Washington State Health Care Authority, 75 percent of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them – usually taken from a friend or family member. As folks are instructed to quarantine and/or shelter in place due to COVID-19, it is important to recognize that the risk for opioid misuse can increase in our homes and in our community.
It’s also important to know that medicines flushed down the toilets are polluting our environment. Flushing drugs down the toilet sends them directly into our water supply, harming families and the environment. Most medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment processes or septic systems. Medicines thrown in the garbage are chemically active and can still get into the environment. They can also be found by children or pets. We can reduce the amount of medicines polluting the environment by taking our unused, leftover medicines to a drug take-back location.
For more information about the HCA Starts with One and Take You’re your Meds campaigns, visit www.getthefactsrx.com.