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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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If you have expired or unused prescription drugs in your home, Saturday is your opportunity to dispose of them safely. In an ongoing effort to fight prescription-drug abuse by adults and teenagers in the United States, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled October 29, 2011 as a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

On Saturday, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., people can safely dispose of their unwanted or unused prescription drugs at designated collection sites around the country.

Below is a list of local drop-off sites:

Aloha High School

8550 SW Kinnaman Road, Aloha

 

Beaverton Police Department

Beaverton City Hall

4755 SW Griffith Drive in Beaverton

 

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Public Safety Training Center parking lot

12700 SE 82nd Avenue in Clackamas

 

Clark County Sheriff's Office

Fisher's Landing Transit Center

3510 SE 164th Avenue in Vancouver

 

Lake Oswego Police Department

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center

505 G Avenue Lake in Oswego

 

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

12240 NE Glisan in Portland

 

OHSU Department Of Public Safety

Oregon Health & Sciences University emergency room

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road in Portland

 

Portland Police Bureau - Central Precinct

Portland State University Campus

1880 SW 6th Avenue in Portland

 

Portland Police Bureau - East Precinct

Gateway Fred Meyer parking lot

1111 NE 102nd in Portland

 

Portland Police Bureau - North Precinct

North Interstate Fred Meyer parking lot

7404 North Interstate Avenue in Portland

 

Sherwood Police Department

20495 SW Borchers Dr., Sherwood

 

Tigard Police Department

Tigard City Hall

13125 SW Hall Blvd in Tigard

 

Tualatin Police Department

8650 SW Tualatin Road in Tualatin

 

West Linn Police Department

22825 Willamette Dr, West Linn

 

Wilsonville Public Works Building

30000 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville

If you are unable to visit one of the above collection sites on Saturday, click here for resources and information for proper disposal of unused medication.

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L. Paulozzi

July 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

These RX drug take back day initiatives address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using illicit substances.

L. Paulozzi, M.D.
Director, <a href="http://www.nonfaithbased-drugrehab.org/biophysical-rehab.html">Biophysical Rehabs</a>

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L. Paulozzi

July 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

These RX drug take back day initiatives address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using illicit substances.

L. Paulozzi, M.D.
Director, Biophysical Drug Rehab Centers
http://www.nonfaithbased-drugrehab.org/biophysical-rehab.html

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