Confluence Health introduces new drug take-back program

May 3, 2017

To combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, Confluence Health recently began allowing community members to safely dispose of opioid painkillers and any other unused medications at three Central Washington locations.

“We often receive questions from our customers asking how they can safely get rid of their unused medications,” said Glenn Adams, SVP, ancillary services at Confluence Health. “We’re happy to be able to give back to our community and customers by providing a safe solution to getting unused medications out of their homes and harm’s way.”

Drug take-back programs are one component to addressing the opioid crisis. WSHA supported legislation to establish a state-wide drug take-back program during the 2017 legislative session, but the bill ultimately didn’t pass. In the absence of state-wide legislation, we are excited to see individual counties, hospitals and health systems launching drug take-back programs. We believe that drug take-back programs could also be part of the Accountable Communities of Health state-wide approach to addressing the opioid crisis. (Ian Corbridge)


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