(AP, Everett) Local and regional prescription collection programs are trying to keep medicine out of Washington’s drinking water and wildlife habitat.

Snohomish County has started a collection program, as a partnership between police and public health officials. The pilot was started in December and nearly 600 pounds of unwanted medicines have already been turned in. The drugs are on their way to a regulated incinerator.

(AP, Everett) Local and regional prescription collection programs are trying to keep medicine out of Washington’s drinking water and wildlife habitat.

Snohomish County has started a collection program, as a partnership between police and public health officials. The pilot was started in December and nearly 600 pounds of unwanted medicines have already been turned in. The drugs are on their way to a regulated incinerator.

Group Health Cooperative and local Bartell Drugs are also helping people safely dispose of unwanted medicines. Group Health collects about 6,700 pounds of unused medicines every two weeks in Washington state.

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