Information provided by Lincoln County PIO Casey Miller
On April 28th the Lincoln Commission on Children & Families in partnership with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to The Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station behind Waldport City Hall on Hwy 34 Saturday, April 28th, from 10am-2pm. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.
In addition to this temporary drop site there are three additional permanent Rx drop boxes at:
Newport Police Department/City Hall
Lincoln City Police Department
Toledo Police Department
Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.
The rate of medication abuse continues to rise across the country, among youth, adults, and older adults. The intentional abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines—to get high and/or to self-medicate—is often mistaken to be less harmful than using illicit drugs since prescription and OTC drugs have been tested and approved for medical use.
Follow these 5 simple steps to do your part to prevent medicine abuse and to protect the environment.
1. Take inventory of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines
in your home.
2. Secure all medicines, prescription, and OTC. Lock doors and windows when no one is home.
3. Properly dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine; take advantage of permanent disposal sites where available.
4. Take all medicines exactly as prescribed.
5. Talk to your children about the dangers of medication drug abuse… they are listening.