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Prescription Drug Take-Back Events Encourage Citizen Action

Events in Central Point, Klamath Falls, Gold Beach, Eagle Point and Grants Pass aim to gather and safely dispose of unused prescription pills.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 5:48 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the fifteenth occasion in eight years, local law enforcement agencies across the country are holding Prescription Drug Take-Back events in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The event takes place on Saturday, April 28, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Here in Southern Oregon, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO), Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS), Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JoCSO), Eagle Point Police Department (EPPD), Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) have announced their participation in the event.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring in all expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs to be properly disposed of by law enforcement and DEA agents. This opportunity is free and anonymous—with no questions asked.

Only pills or patches can be accepted—liquids, needles or sharps cannot be taken by the DEA.

Details on all of the announced locations may be found below:

Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Jackson County Sheriff's Office
5179 Crater Lake Hwy, Central Point

Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety
Justice Building
Parking Lot at 5th/B Street, Grants Pass

Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Josephine County Adult Jail
1901 NE F Street, Grants Pass

Eagle Point Police Dept.
Eagle Point Police Dept.
17 S Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point

Klamath Falls Police Dept.
Klamath Falls Police Dept.
2501 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls

Curry County Sheriff's Office
Curry County Sheriff's Office
29808 Colvin St., Gold Beach

According to the organization Stay Safe Oregon, prescription drugs can be disposed of most days and times at police departments and pharmacies throughout Southern Oregon—a complete list of locations and hours can be viewed here. There are several locations in Jackson County.

The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The same study also found that a majority of abused drugs were obtained from family and friends—often from the home medicine cabinet.

In October of 2017, Oregonians turned in a total of 10,210 pounds of prescription drugs at 56 collection sites, operated by 49 local law enforcement agencies. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills across the country.

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