An opportunity to make your home and community a safer place is coming up this weekend with the Drug Take Back events in Uintah and Duchesne Counties. Drug Take Back events give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving citizens the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Pills and patches will be accepted but the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. Last fall, 456 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at over 5,300 sites across the nation and in that last seven years, over 4,500 tons of pills have been safely disposed of. The importance of these events continue to increase as the issue of prescription drug abuse continues to rise in Utah. Drug Take Back events are planned for Friday, April 27th, at Al’s Food Town in Duchesne from 10am to noon and on Saturday, April 28th, at Davis Food & Drug in Roosevelt and Walmart in Vernal from 10am to 2pm. For more information, visit www.tricountyhealth.com.

TriCounty Health Department is encouraging the community to protect their children and immunize by 2 against 14 serious diseases. The CDC estimates that vaccines will prevent 855,000 deaths in the lifetime of children born between 1994 and 2016. “What an amazing thing that we have vaccines to be able to protect our kids. We need to utilize what we have so we can protect them and create a brighter future,” shares vaccine coordinator Cynthia Mattinson. “As a parent and grandparent, vaccinations help give me peace of mind knowing all that they do to protect those I love.” To learn more information about vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov or speak with a nurse at TriCounty Health Department. TriCounty Health is holding a coloring contest and drawing for children that receive immunizations in April. The health department’s website is www.tricountyhealth.com

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An upcoming Easter activity is health department approved. TriCounty Health’s Women, Infants and Children program, also known as WIC, is adding a twist to the traditional Easter egg hunt by holding its first annual Healthy Easter Egg Hunt next week for kids ages 5 and under. “Unlike traditional egg hunts during the Easter season,” shares TriCounty Health, “WIC is ensuring the event be candy-free. Children who attend will receive healthy treats. Prizes during the egg hunt will encourage the children to get active, get outside and play.” The Easter Bunny is also making an appearance for kids to meet and get a photo with. The hunt will be held March 28th from 11am to noon at the Vernal TriCounty Health location, 133 South 500 East. Children are asked to bring their own basket.