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October 2022

Washington County Hosts Drug Take-Back Event in Oakdale
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, which can be dangerous and often tragic. To help combat the misuse of prescription drugs and promote safe medication disposal, the Drug Enforcement Administration has designated October 29 as “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment hosting a collection event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakdale Library. 

The event is free, anonymous, and open to all. Medications accepted include prescription, over-the-counter, and pet medication.
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No Child Left Inside Grants Are Now Open 
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the continuation of the No Child Left Inside Grant Program. The program aims to support and increase efforts to expand programming that connects youth to the outdoors. Funded by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature with additional funding from the 2021 legislative session, these grants are provided for outdoor environmental, ecological, and other natural-resource-based education and recreation programs serving youth.”

Recent and emerging research indicates that students are increasingly disconnected from nature. Getting more people into the outdoors is crucial for the future stewardship of Minnesota's natural resources.
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Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Events Scheduled for November
In November, Washington County is hosting walk-in COVID-19 vaccine events in Forest Lake and St. Paul Park. These are in addition to the weekly vaccine clinics offered on a rotating schedule in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, and Stillwater.  
  • Free! No insurance or ID is needed.
  • Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available, including the new bivalent booster vaccines.
  • First, second, and booster doses for anyone 6 months & older.
Learn more
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