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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11:58 a.m.

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Sheriff's Office set to participate in 'National Drug Take-Back Day' on Saturday, Oct. 26

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Want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs?

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Public Safety Training Center parking lot, located at 12700 SE 82nd Avenue in Clackamas (on the corner of SE 82nd and Sunnybrook, across from Sweet Tomatoes).

Sheriff's Office deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door.

The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it is important to dispose of them safely after they are no longer needed by the patient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

The last Drug Take-Back, held April 27, resulted in more than 1,600 pounds of drugs being removed from Clackamas County homes and safely destroyed.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for local citizens to help us take drugs off the street before they ever even get there in the first place," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

This Drug Take-Back is presented by the Sheriff's Office and Oak Lodge Sanitary.

The event is held in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day. As part of that nationwide initiative -- designed to prevent increased pill abuse and theft -- the DEA collects potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide. Nationwide, the 2012 event resulted in the collection of more than 2 million pounds of unneeded prescription pharmaceuticals.

Can't make the Saturday Drop-Off? There are also permanent Prescription Drug Drop-Off Boxes open year-round at several Clackamas County locations. For more information on those, click here.

For more information on the Oct. 26 event, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or by email.

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Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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