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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 25, 2015

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 tomorrow, Saturday, September 26 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. – 2 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
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace
Police Department
5906 232nd St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lake Stevens Police Department
Frontier Village Bartell Drugs
621 SR9 NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Marysville Police Department
1635 Grove St
Marysville, WA  98270
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Sheriff’s Office North Precinct
15100 40th Ave NE
Marysville, WA, 98271
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Sultan Police Department
515 Main St.
Sultan, WA 98294
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Snohomish Police Department
230 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
10 a.m. - 2 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.  Almost four tons of unwanted medicines were disposed of in Snohomish County in 2014 through the program.