Event nets 420 pounds of medical waste drugs

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The Battle Ground Police Department netted 420 pounds of medical waste during a four-hour take-back event April 27. Included in the haul was 267 pounds of controlled substances, which will be shipped to the Drug Enforcement Administration for destruction.

The event was sponsored by the DEA in partnership with the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Clark County Environmental Services, PREVENT! Coalition, and Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance.

The intention of the drug take-back event was to keep medications out of the hands of kids, while also safely disposing of them and preventing them from seeping into landfills and water supplies.

Medications can be disposed of at the Battle Ground Police Department office at 507 S.W. First St. any time during regular business hours.