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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
firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Lynnwood Police Department
19321 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98292
Everett Police Department
3002 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Edmonds Police Department
250 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
Lake Stevens Police Department
2211 Grade Rd
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
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.”