Thursday, August 2, 2018

Getting Rid of Unwanted or Expired Medicine


Many of us have unneeded, unwanted and expired medications in our bathrooms, cupboards, and nightstands. We know that there is something that we are supposed to do with it…it can’t go into the trash and certainly shouldn’t go down the drain or into the toilet, so what are our options?

There are 7 locations in Thurston County to take unwanted medications for FREE DISPOSAL! Keep medicines out of the landfill and protect our drinking water by disposing of unwanted medications at one of these locations:

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg. 3, Olympia
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Lacey Police Department
420 College St. SE, Lacey
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Rainier City Hall
102 Rochester St. W, Rainier
Open Mon-Thurs, 8am-5pm

Tenino Police Department
358 McClellan St. SE, Tenino
Open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm

Tumwater Police Department
555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater
Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Yelm Police Department
206 McKenzie Ave. SE, Yelm
Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Olympia Walgreens
1510 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia
Open 7am - 9pm



Drop boxes accept prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, pet medicine, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers and liquid medicines in a leak-proof container. NO used needles, gloves, vitamins, supplements or business waste accepted.

Contact us at 360-866-2674 or johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us with any questions or for more information.

Whatever Your Age--Move Your Body For Better Health!

Our bodies are meant to move!  Sitting too much is risky business.  Daily movement improves health and fitness, and fights chronic disease.  Just how much physical activity do I need?


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Best Habits For Staying Safe With Furry Friends

Check out Dr. Wood's latest Health Matters column in The Olympian. She shares some of the common problems that can result from hanging out with furry pals, and offers easy ways to avoid those problems. 

https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article215276105.html

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Thurston County Veterans' Assistance Fund

Know a local veteran who's struggling with the cost of housing? The Thurston County Veteran's Assistance Fund may be able to help. Learn more here: 

http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ssveteran/index.html

Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

The threat of wildfires grows during the heat of summer. A new Health Matters column in The Olympian offers some ways to be prepared this year, for the potential health impacts of wildfire smoke:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer is a Great Time to Update Travel ID

Did you know you can get an official copy of your birth certificate (if you were born in Washington State) right at the Public Health and Social Services office on Lilly Road? It's true! And with changes coming to the ID required to fly, you may want to take time this summer to learn more. Here's a great place to start: 

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2018/07/02/have-id-will-travel-thurston-county-publih-health-and-social-services-talk-about-new-ids/

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Bats Are Cool, But Don't Touch

Bats do a lot of wonderful things for our communities, however, a small percentage of bats carry rabies, so it's important to stay safe, and know what to do if you come in contact with a bat. Learn more in the Thurston County Health Officer's most recent Health Matters column. 

https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article213704049.html