Drug Take-Back Day in Lincoln County
Saturday, April 27 is National Drug Take-Back Day. Lincoln County will take part in the event by offering five prescription drop boxes for safe disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications. According to The Partnership for a Drug Free America, more teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana. Approximately six out of ten teens agree that prescription drugs are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets. A SAMHSA survey tells us that prescription drugs are the drug of choice among 12-13 year olds.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a national take-back day in order to provide a safe, convenient, environmentally correct and responsible alternative to flushing pills or medicinal liquids into the sewer system, or sending them to a landfill. Three permanent drop boxes are currently located in Lincoln County: in Newport at the Police Department in City Hall weekdays between 9-5; in Lincoln City at the Lincoln City Police Department 24/7; and in Toledo at the Toledo Police Department 24/7. No one will request your name or where you live. All you do is drop off the drugs and leave. Arrive – drop – leave…simple as that.
On Saturday April 27th, two temporary locations will be available to the public in Waldport and Siletz. A drop box will be located behind Waldport City Hall. In Siletz a box will be located at the Health Clinic. Community members are encouraged to drop off their unused or expired pills, liquids, creams, and pet medications between the hours of 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. These temporary sites are sponsored by the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA), Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Toledo Police Department, and CEDARR.
PAADA asks us to help prevent prescription abuse by being aware of the medicines in our homes and the dangers of their abuse, and by disposing of them safely.