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Fighting the Heroin Epidemic in Snohomish County with Drug Take-Back Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 26, 2015


CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, 
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and four other law enforcement agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) upcoming Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 30 by accepting prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the following locations:

Sheriff’s Office South Precinct

15928 Mill Creek Blvd

Mill Creek, WA 98012

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 East Precinct(Sultan Police Department)

515 Main St.

Sultan, WA 98294

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Granite Falls Police Department

205 S Granite Ave

Granite, WA 98252

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lynnwood Police Department

19321 44th Ave W

Lynnwood, WA 98292

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Everett Police Department

3002 Wetmore Ave

Everett, WA  98201

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Edmonds Police Department

250 5th Ave N

Edmonds, WA  98020

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lake Stevens Police Department

2211 Grade Rd

Lake Stevens, WA  98258

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

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.  In 2015, more than four tons of unwanted medications were collected as part of the Drug Take Back Program in Snohomish County alone.

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.”

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