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Drug Take-Back Day is Part of Fight against Heroin Epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 22, 2014

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and six other law enforcement agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) upcoming Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, September 27 by accepting prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the following locations:

Arlington Police Department
110 E 3rd St
Arlington, WA  98223
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Edmonds Police Department
250 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA  98020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Everett Police Department
3002 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA  98201
8 a.m. – Noon

Granite Falls Police Department
205 S Granite Falls Ave
Granite Falls, WA 98252
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lynnwood Police Department
19321 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98292
8 a.m. – Noon

Marysville Police Department
1635 Grove St
Marysville, WA  98270
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace
Police Department
5906 232nd St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043
8 a.m. – Noon

Sheriff’s Office South Precinct
15928 Mill Creek Blvd
Mill Creek, WA 98012
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Snohomish Police Department
230 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
8 a.m. – Noon

Stanwood Police Department
8727 271st Street NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sultan Police Department
515 Main St.
Sultan, WA 98294
Noon – 3 p.m. 

The Drug Take-Back program is an important tool in the fight against drug abuse in Snohomish County, including the growing heroin epidemic. 

“Many of today’s heroin addicts started with prescription drug abuse,” said Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force Commander Pat Slack.   Slack said the abuse of prescription drugs like oxycodone is often a gateway for many of today’s heroin users because opioid prescription painkillers have the same effect on the brain and body as heroin.  When the supply of prescription drugs runs out, users turn to the nearest (and often cheaper) alternative: heroin.

“We know we cannot fight the problem through arrest and incarceration alone,” said Slack.  “We need Snohomish County communities to help us get opioid prescription drugs out of the hands of those who will abuse or misuse them.”

The goal of the Drug Take-Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  More than 390 tons of prescription drugs were brought to more than 6,000 collection sites across the U.S. for Drug Take-Back Day in April.  More than two and a half tons of unwanted medicines were disposed of in Snohomish County alone.