Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force to help host educational events

As the newly formed Spokane Regional Opioid Task Force embarks on several strategies to “confront the opioid crisis together,” members are reminding residents to lock up medications, as well as safely dispose of any unused meds.

To make the process free and easy, the task force is collaborating with NorthEast Washington Educational Services District 101 (NEWESD 101) and its multiple partners to provide two Take Back Lock Up events.

The West Central and East Valley events are being coordinated through NEWESD 101’s West Spokane Wellness Partnership (formerly West Central Community Coalition) and East Valley Community Coalition and will take place:

West Central Take Back Lock Up Event
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Central Community Center
1603 N. Belt St., Spokane, WA

East Valley Take Back Lock Up Event
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CHAS Health Valley Clinic
15812 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, WA

Task force and coalition members encourage individuals to drop in to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, pick up a lockbox and learn more about opioid addiction.

The organizations would like to remind the public that substance misuse is a complex topic that includes diversion of opioids when they become illegal through means, such as being stolen, or when sold to another individual. Safe storage and disposal can help prevent diversion, as well as associated adverse health outcomes.

Beyond the individual, there are costs to society, first responders and families.

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