News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: June 6, 2013, 4:39 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Boxes come to multiple Clackamas County locations

Looking to dispose of unwanted or expired medications? It's now easier than ever -- thanks to convenient new permanent drop-boxes in several Clackamas County locations.

"The Clackamas River Water Providers worked closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to give residents an easy way to keep their medicine cabinets and our water supply clean," said Kim Swan, Water Resource Manager for Clackamas River Water Providers.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs -- so it's important to dispose of them safely after they're no longer needed by the patient. "Overdose deaths from prescription opioids rose 400 percent in Oregon from 2000 to 2011," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "These drop-boxes give us a new tool to help drive those numbers down."

Proper disposal previously wasn't convenient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can pollute the water supply, harming local wildlife. Throwing medication in the trash can make it an easy target for thieves. And pharmacists are not allowed to take medications back once they're dispensed.

"We know that in 2010, one in ten youth abused prescription drugs," said Swan, "so it's important to do as much as we can to make these kinds of substances less available."

With the permanent drop boxes, citizens can now dispose of unwanted drugs and medications at any time. No paperwork is required -- just place the medications in the drop box.

Drop-off box locations and hours (excludes holidays unless otherwise noted):

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office: Main Office
9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Hours:

  • Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Canby Police Department

1175 NW 3rd Ave
Canby, OR 97013
Hours: Box available 24/7


Gladstone Police Department
535 Portland Ave.
Gladstone, OR 97027
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Happy Valley Police Department
12915 SE King Rd
Happy Valley, OR 97086 [ map ]
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milwaukie Police Department
3200 SE Harrison
Milwaukie, OR 97222 [ map ]
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Molalla Police Department
117 N Molalla Ave
Molalla, OR 97038
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

Oregon City Police Department
320 Warner Milne Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sandy Police Department
39850 Pleasant Street
Sandy, OR 97055
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.


West Linn Police Department
22825 Willamette Drive
West Linn, OR 97068
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Wilsonville Police Department
30000 SW Town Center Lp. E
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ABOUT THE COOPERATING AGENCIES:

Clackamas River Water Providers (CRWP) is a coalition of all the cities and water districts that get their drinking water from the Clackamas River, and who are working together to protect and conserve our drinking water source.

For more information on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, click here.

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Contact Info:

Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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