Prescription Drug Turn In event Scheduled for This Saturday

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October 24, 2013 22:58

  

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will host a Prescription Drug Turn In event on Saturday October 26, 2013, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at Southeast Substation (formerly Southeast Precinct) located at 4735 E. Burnside. This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn In Day.

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

All medications turned in at this event will be incinerated. Sharps and medical waste will not be accepted. Acceptable items for deposit: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not acceptable for deposit: Thermometers/Sharps/Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

This is a timely event, as it addresses the skyrocketing problem of prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Teenagers are easily accessing these prescriptions from the medicine cabinets of their own homes, and the homes of friends and grandparents. We encourage the community to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one-day event.

To search for additional locations in Oregon and nationwide, refer to http://www.justice.gov/dea/ and click on "Got Drugs?"

For questions please contact Jenni Pullen at jenni.pullen@portlandoregon.gov

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