National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

MEDFORD, Ore. — National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day took place over the weekend and officials say it was very successful.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team reports collecting nearly one hundred and fifty pounds of prescription drugs from more than 60 people.

During the event, Medford Police also teamed up with Rogue Disposal and Recycling for a free shred event which resulted in more than 4,000 pounds of paper.

Officials say the drug take back events give people a chance to properly dispose of unneeded medications.

“It was a very solid turnout and I think combining with the shred event really was helpful. I think we’ll certainly continue to ask people to bring those unused medications to us so we can dispose of them properly,” said Lt. Brett Johnson, with MADGE.

Officials say in the five previous drug take back events, more than 2 million pounds of medication were collected nationwide.