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The problem of prescription drugs finding their way into the illegal drug trade is big and one way we all can help to dry the supply is to get rid of all unused drugs in our homes.

This Saturday is the day.  National Drug Take Back Day is October 26 at Catholic Charities of Central Washington, Virginia Mason Memorial Cornerstone, and Crime Stoppers at Solarity on 5th Avenue.

Experts says the National Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets and kitchen drawers are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

Eligible medications include: leftover pet medications, expired over the counter medicines, unused prescriptions, and opioids.

The service is free and anonymous this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m.  Locations include:

City of Highland:

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK
616 B WISCONSIN AVE.
8:00AM-10:00AM

City of Yakima:

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF CENTRAL WASHINGTON
5301 Tieton Drive
10:00AM-2:00PM​

CENTRAL WASHINGTON FAMILY MEDICINE
1806 W. Lincoln Ave.
10:00AM-2:00PM

YAKIMA DRIVE THROUGH COLLECTION SITES:

VIRGINIA MASON MEMORIAL CORNERSTONE
4003 CREEKSIDE LOOP
9:00AM-1:00PM

SOLARITY CREDIT UNION
CRIME STOPPERS SHRED & MEDS
110 N. 5TH AVE.
9:00AM-1:00PM

City of Sunnyside:

SUNNYSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT
410 Homer St.
10:00AM-2:00PM