Prescription Drug Turn-In Event on Saturday at Southeast Precinct

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April 25, 2014 09:05

  

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn-In event on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Nationwide Drug Turn-In Day.

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

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.

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.

The Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division produced a video called "Generation RX: The Pill Problem" that can be seen here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/426624

We encourage community members to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one day event.

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, or EpiPens.

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

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