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Law Enforcement Agencies Host Drug Take-Back Events

OPB | Oct. 25, 2013 3:25 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 25, 2013 4:53 p.m.

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On Saturday, law enforcement agencies across Oregon will be taking part in what’s being called National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  People with unused medications are being encouraged to drop them off at one of more than three-dozen sites around the state.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Steve French is a Sergeant with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

He says while the drop sites will accept all types of medication, anything from Aspirin to Zoloft — he says the point of the event is to keep pharmaceuticals out of the hands of someone who might abuse them.

“Primarily, medications that are left over and somebody doesn’t think they’re going to use them they don’t need them at this point, or maybe a relative has passed and they’ve hold on to some medications.  This is a wonderful opportunity for people to take advantage of that,” said French.

If you can’t make Saturday’s event, French says most local health departments or law enforcement agencies can refer you to a drop off site in your area.

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