Thanks to the nearly three dozen community groups who partnered with ESD 112’s PREVENT Coalition in April for the 2019 Drug Take Back event, 4,311 pounds of medications and 1,307 pounds of sharps were collected across eight sites in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties! That’s 633 pounds more of medications than were collected in October 2018. Nearly half of the 1,623 participants reported it was their first time attending such an event.

Also introduced at the event was the “Locks Save Lives” campaign where volunteers encouraged families to lock up prescription medications, for their kids’ sake. Nearly 100 lockboxes were given to families.

Starting May 1, a free toolkit can be downloaded for the Locks Save Lives campaign at The toolkit is designed as a platform for prevention coalitions and community organizations to implement in their communities.