Oxycontin use by
12th graders is up



in just three years.

source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to use them. Talk to your kids about the risks of prescription drug abuse.

source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Young people are especially vulnerable. Warning signs:

  • Moodiness, irritability, anger, aggressive behavior
  • Depression, poor personal hygiene
  • Incoherence, forgetfulness, slurred speech
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Clumsiness, poor balance, lack of coordination
  • Rapid speech, uncharacteristic talkativeness, restlessness
  • Irresponsibility, recklessness, bad judgment, secrecy
  • Thefts or sudden requests for money
  • Change in social interactions, new friends replace old friends, fights with family members and friends, not participating in family functions
  • Problems at work/school, such as decreased effort, discipline issues, poor grades, or unexplained absences

lock bags

Use a lock bag to prevent people in your household or visitors from accessing or abusing prescription drugs. 

Lock bags are available from the following locations.

Unity Care NW Lock bag locations 218 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA, United States
Rx Mart Pharmacy Lock bag locations 300 East Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA, United States
Nooksack Valley Drug Lock bag locations 208 E Main St, Everson, WA, United States
Lummi Tribal Health Center Lock bag locations 2592 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA, United States
Hoagland Pharmacy Lock bag locations 2330 Yew Street, Bellingham, WA, United States
Haggen Pharmacy - Ferndale Lock bag locations 1815 Main St, Ferndale, WA, United States
Haggen Pharmacy - Barkely Lock bag locations 2900 Woburn Street, Bellingham, WA, United States
CVS Pharmacy #16129 Lock bag locations 30 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA, United States

Safely dispose of unused medication- especially controlled substances - at any of the following locations

Non-controlled medications: Prescription medications (except controlled medications), pet medications, medicated ointments/lotions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, inhalers and unopened EpiPens
Controlled medications: Codeine, Xanax, Valium, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Ritalin, and Ambien. See the U.S. Department of Justices Diversion Control Division for more information. 

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Bellingham Police Department Take Back (controlled and uncontrolled) 505 Grand Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
Ferndale Police Department Take Back (controlled and uncontrolled) 2220 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248
Haggen Pharmacy - Barkley Take Back (uncontrolled only) 2900 Woburn St., Bellingham, WA 98226
Haggen Pharmacy - Fairhaven Take Back (uncontrolled only) 1401 12th St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Haggen Pharmacy - Ferndale Take Back (uncontrolled only) 1815 Main St., Ferndale, WA, 98248
Haggen Pharmacy - Meridian Take Back (uncontrolled only) 2814 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Hoagland Pharmacy Take Back (uncontrolled only) 2330 Yew St., Bellingham, WA 98226
Lummi Nation Police Department - Law & Order Take Back (controlled and uncontrolled) 2665 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Lummi Tribal Health Center Take Back (uncontrolled only) 2592 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Unity Care Northwest Take Back (uncontrolled only) 218 Unity St, Bellingham, WA, United States
Walgreens Take Back (controlled and uncontrolled) 1070 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226