Jessica Fisher, Public Information Assistant, 509.625.6749
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.
It is estimated that 6.5 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs. Addiction affects those from urban areas to rural farm communities, it knowns no boundaries racial or economic. Every community is impacted by drug addiction.
Today the Rite Aid Foundation and City of Spokane announced the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program. The program is focused on reducing drug accessibility, medication misuse and accidental poisoning among children and youth.
Drug abuse and accidental poisonings pose a serious threat to the youth in our community. Limiting their access to unused prescription medication will help prevent further drug abuse. With the help of the Rite Aid Foundation, three safe medication disposal units have been installed in Spokane Police Department stations. These units are located at the following Spokane Police stations; 1100 West Mallon Avenue, 5124 North Market Street and 221 West First Avenue.
People can utilize these new units around-the-clock to safely dispose prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Please refrain from flushing your prescriptions down the toilet; they have a negative impact on the Spokane River. Instead consult the Rite Aid website for information on how to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medicine!