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Biggest One-Day Drug Take Back Event

On October 24, 2020, when the country was celebrating National Drug Take Back Day, Yakima threw a celebration of our own. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Yakima Drug Take Back Day and invited the public to safely drop off their expired or unused medications and drugs, no questions asked. Safe Yakima Valley’s Drug Free Action Team Coalition partnered with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce to hand out 1500 masks to the public. The Safe Yakima Youth Coalition, lead by coalition chair and Vice Principal at Davis High School, Becky Shelton, handed out hand sanitizer. Yakima School District school board chair, Ray Navarro, also participated, along with Sheriff Robert Udell and former

Yakima County Commissioner Vicki Baker.

At the end of the day, the Yakima Sheriff’s Office received more than 90 pounds of drugs in four hours, as covered by KIMA-TV, KAPP-TV and KNDO-TV. Sarah J at KFFM 107.3 FM helped get the word out

before the event..

“This is a great event for our valley,” said Yakima County Sheriff, Robert Udell. “Getting drugs off of our streets creates safer homes for our families, less crime, and a safer community for our officers.”

MERIT Resources and Triumph Treatment Services also participate with educational information and support for those looking to gather local treatment information.

Join us for the next Yakima Drug Take Back Day in April 2021, or visit a local pharmacy or law enforcement center to drop off your unused drugs and medications.