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Inland NW health, policing agencies to take unused prescription drugs Saturday

Courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration

Saturday is the 24th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It’s a time when people with unused medications, including tablets, capsules, and patches, can safely dispose of them.

In Spokane County, the Drug Enforcement Administration will man a site at Northtown Mall. Spokane Police will have two drop-off sites, at the Northeast Community Center and at Excelsior Wellness on Indian Trail Road.

Other eastern Washington sites include the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Department, taking donations at its Newport office. In Okanogan County, the Oroville and Omak police departments will accept medications at their respective offices. In Whitman County, there are two sites, at the Colfax Public Library and at the Washington State University Police Department in Pullman.

In Kootenai County, you can take medication to the Post Falls Police Department. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s office will have a site at the Hauser Lake fire facility. The Panhandle Health District will be at Blue Cross of Idaho on Lakewood Drive.

In the northern Panhandle, these sites will take medications: the Sandpoint Police Department at its office and the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department at its office and its annex building in Bonners Ferry.

In Shoshone County, you can take medications to the sheriff’s office in Prichard and to Kellogg City Park, where the police department will have a presence.

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All of these sites will accept donations between 10 am and 2 pm.

Doug Nadvornick has spent most of his 30+-year radio career at Spokane Public Radio and filled a variety of positions. He is currently the program director and news director. Through the years, he has also been the local Morning Edition and All Things Considered host (not at the same time). He served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, based in Coeur d’Alene. He created the original program grid for KSFC. He has also served for several years as a board member for Public Media Journalists Association. During his years away from SPR, he worked at The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington State University in Spokane and KXLY Radio.