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Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality encourages Oregonians throughout the state to take part in a nationwide effort on Saturday, April 29 to collect unused, unwanted or expired medications so they can be disposed of properly.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration, in association with hundreds of law enforcement, public health and other organizations, conducts this National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Last year, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds — more than 3,500 tons — of pills.

More than two dozen collection events will take place in Oregon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details on event locations and times, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website at
You can select events by city, county and zip code.

The collection events help people dispose of drugs in a way that's safe for both people and the environment. Flushing unwanted drugs down the toilet or drain ends up polluting waterways, as many drugs pass through wastewater treatment filtering systems.

At the April 29 Take-Back events, only prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. People should not bring needles, IV solutions, mercury thermometers or medical waste. No illegal drugs should be brought to the events.

For people unable to take part in the events, more than 80 law enforcement offices in Oregon accept unwanted and unused drugs throughout the year.

For a list of these sites, visit or contact your local city police office or county sheriff's office for more information.

Pete Pasterz, Materials Management Specialist, 503-229-5731
Jennifer Flynt, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-730-5924


Environment & Energy