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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, October 28 to collect unused, unwanted or expired prescription 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 April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

For details on event locations and times, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website at

You can select events by city, county and zip code. Only prescription medications will be accepted. People should not bring over-the-counter medicines, needles, IV solutions, mercury thermometers or medical waste. No illegal drugs should be brought to the events.
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.

For people unable to take part in the events, or who have over-the-counter medicines, 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, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-229-5731


Environment & Energy