TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Saturday April 26
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The semiannual event coordinated by PAADA, Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Local Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) focuses on raising awareness about the dangers associated with unused or expired prescription medications.
Deposit prescription or over-the-counter drugs intended for humans or animals at the Rx drop-boxes located at Police Departments in Newport, Lincoln City, Toledo and Waldport Sheriff’s Sub-Station. It is free, safe and confidential.
Ensuring responsible disposal of Rx drugs addresses the many public safety issues. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.