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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:02 p.m. UPDATED: May 1, 2014

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UPDATED w/ STATS: Sheriff's Office participates in no-questions-asked 'National Drug Take-Back Day' on Saturday, April 26

UPDATE: Approximately 1,600 lbs. of meds collected during no-questions-asked Drug Turn-In

The April 26 no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" was an enormous success. Stats from the event include:

111 cars dropping off drugs for disposal at the event, held in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot next to Mt. Talbert Medical Clinic.

51 large boxes of meds collected from the Kaiser and Happy Valley City Hall drop-off locations.

• This adds up to approximately 1,600 lbs. of collected medication.

Thanks to our community partners in the April 26 event -- including Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, Walgreens, and the Overland Coalition Against Drug Crime.

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EARLIER:

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, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot next to Mt. Talbert Medical Clinic (10100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas). [ map ]

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

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.

Last year's event 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 year's Drug Take-Back is presented by the Sheriff's Office, Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, Walgreens, and the Overland Coalition Against Drug Crime.

The event is held in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day. According to the DEA, during last year's event, held April 27, "742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event. When added to the collections from DEA's previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation."

If you can't make the April 26 event, Clackamas County also has convenient permanent drop-boxes in ten locations around Clackamas County. A full list of drop-box locations can be found in this 2013 press release.

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

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