Facilitating opportunities to support and connect communities, build resilience and increase collaboration
April 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Multiple Locations in Southwest Washington
Kelley Groen-Sieckmann


Due to the COVID-10 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cancelling events with 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks and as a result Diversion believes it is prudent to cancel the April 25th Drug Take Back Event. They’ll continue to monitor the situation and will determine if we’re able to reschedule the take-back event at a later date in the summer.


Saturday, April 25th from 10AM-2PM

Take unused & expired prescription & over-the-counter medication for safe & FREE disposal to Six Drug Take-Back Events in SW Washington

Prescription and over-the-counter medication including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted. Medications may remain in original containers and labels do not need to be removed. Medications not in original containers will be accepted too.




PeaceHealth Southwest Urgent Care 
33rd & Main (South Back Lot), Vancouver
* Accepting Sharps & syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park
12607 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
* Accepting Sharps & syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Battle Ground Police Department
507 SW 1st St., Battle Ground
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Washougal Silver Star Search and Rescue
1220 A St., Washougal
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries

Cowlitz Public Safety Department
31501 NW 31st Ave., Ridgefield
(La Center Exit I-5, south of Ilani Casino)
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries


Klickitat Valley Health
310 S. Roosevelt, Goldendale
* Not accepting Sharps or syringes
* Not accepting vape pens & e-cigarettes

Did You Know?

Did you know the most common drugs misused by teens & adults come from family & friends’ home medicine cabinets?  75% of opioid misuse starts with using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them. Safely disposing of unwanted & expired medication using a take-back program or event protects loved ones & keeps medicines out of the wrong hands.
(Source: Substance Abuse and  Mental Health Service Administration)

Did you know medications not disposed of properly end up in our waterways? Let’s work together to keep these substances away from youth and out of our waterways.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What medications will be accepted? Any prescripiton and over-the-counter medications including pills, liquids & inhalers will be accepted.
  • What about Sharps & syringes? The Drug Take Back Event site in East Klickitat will NOT accept Sharps or syringes for disposal. Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park & Peacehealth SW Urgent Care event sites will accept Sharps & syringes from noncommercial sources only. These two sites are the only event sites accepting noncommercial Sharps & syringes. Use an approved Sharps container when transporting; if one is not available, use a rigid plastic container with a lid (ex: plastic milk jug) & label the container: WARNING-SHARPS DO NOT RECYCLE
  • What about Epi-pens? Epi-pens that still have medication in them need to be treated as medication and disposed of following the medication disposal guidelines for the year-round disposal sites. Epi-pens that are empty need to be treated as Sharps, but do not need to be put in a Sharps container.
  • Are vape pens & e-cigarettes being accepted? YES! All event sites  in Clark County will be collecting vape pens & e-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries. If batteries aren’t removable, check with large electronic chain stores to ask if they accept vape pens & e-cigarettes for proper disposal or contact your local Hazardous Material Transfer Stations to ask if they accept these devices & for additional guidance on proper disposal.
  • How are medications collected disposed of? All prescription & over-the-counter medication collected at event sites are safely incinerated by the D.E.A.
  • For more information about this event and FREE year-round disposal sites in Clark and Skamania counties visit: or call Clark County Public Health at (564) 397-7352. Click here to download flyer for Year-Round Medication & Sharps Disposal Locations in Clark and Skamania counties.
  • Year-round FREE disposal in Klickitat county: Skyline Hospital 211 NE Skyline Dr., White Salmon, WA 98672–Medication disposal only or Klickitat Valley Hospital 310 S. Roosevelt Goldendale, WA 98620–Medication disposal only

LOCKS SAVE LIVES – Take the Pledge to Lock Your Meds

Ease of access is the #1 reason youth misuse prescription drugs. YOU can save  a life by locking up your prescription medication. It’s easy &  important!
A national study indicated 29% of parents with  children 18 years-of-age  and younger report storing  medication safely in the home-in a latched or locked location. (Pediatrics, 2017)

We can do better. Together, we can achieve 100%.


Medicine take-back events in Southwest WA are funded in partnership by Washington State Health Care Authority. Medicine take-back programs are the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication. Thank you for taking part in keeping our community and environment safe and healthy. This event/activity is not sponsored or endorsed by local school districts.