National Drug Take Back Day: Disposing of Expired/Unused Medications

Every year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration and local police in communities across the country partner together for National Drug Take Back Days, typically held twice a year.

The first Drug Take Back Day of 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 26th. Anyone with any unused or outdated prescriptions or over-the-counter medications can drop them off between 10 AM and 2:15 PM at any of the following locations:

Portland:
Portland Police Bureau – SE Precinct
4735 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office: Hansen Building (wheel chair accessible)
12240 NE Glisan
Portland, OR 97230

Tualatin:
Tualatin Police Department
8650 SW Tualatin Road
Tualatin, OR 97215

Milwaukie:
Milwaukie Police Department
3200 SE Harrison
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Safe medication disposal not only protects our water supply, but keeps drugs out of the hands of unauthorized and recreational users. According to the Oregon Poison Center, “medications represent the most frequent substance of exposure” for calls placed to the Poison Help Hotline. In addition, over half of the calls the Oregon Poison Center receives are assisting children under six years of age. (Source: OHSU)

If you have children at home, it is especially important to properly dispose of any unused or expired medications. If you are unable to drop off your medications or prescriptions on National Drug Take Back Day, there are several permanent drop-off boxes in the Portland metro area. For the complete list of available drop off locations, visit:

http://www.oracwa.org/documents/UnwanteddrugdropoffsitesOR.pdf

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