National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting the National Drug Take Back Event on April 26th aimed at providing a resource for Lane County residents to safely, securely and anonymously turn in their unwanted, outdated or expired household medicines. Law enforcement agencies across the nation will be participating in this event on the same day during the same hours with the goal being to rid our communities of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications that could potentially be misused.
You may bring your unwanted, outdated, or expired prescription and over the counter medications to the following location on April 26, 2014 for safe disposal:
Where: Junction City Fire Department, 1755 Juniper Street, Junction City
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am-2pm
Acceptable items: Prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, drug samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, and liquid medicines in glass or leak proof containers.
We are unable to accept: Needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medicines from businesses, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, and diabetic meters.
Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Event and you have prescription or over the counter medications you would like to dispose of, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has a Drug Drop Box located in our Central Reception lobby in the Lane County Courthouse that is available to accept medications Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding legal holidays. No appointment is necessary to drop of medications.
SENT BY: Sergeant Carrie Carver, 541-682-4179
Additional information is available on the Lane County Sheriff’s Office webpage.
For those who can’t participate in this event, there are several locations in Lane County where you can drop unwanted medications all year round. No appointment is necessary to drop off unwanted medications, however, the same guidelines listed above are in effect for the Drug Box.
Find out more about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative from the United States Department of Justice website.