Continuing his efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Oregon, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Thursday announced a collection site in Deschutes County for the disposal of excess opioid and prescription medications.
It's part of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Initiative, which provides the public with an environmentally safe way to dispose of potentially unsafe drugs.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are very susceptible to misuse, diversion and abuse.
The goal of the drug take-back day is to allow for the safe disposal of the drugs and keep them out of the hands of drug addicts and juveniles.
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At the Take Back Day on April 29, 2017, the event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. In the 13 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds - or more than 4,050 tons - of pills.
"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands".
People are encouraged to check their medicine cabinets for expired or unused prescription medicines, and turn them in for safe disposal.
The DEA can not accept needles or sharps or liquids, only pills and patches. Additional strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; establishing prescription drug monitoring programs in all 50 states; and increased enforcement to address illicit methods of prescription drug diversion.