National Drug Take Back Day
On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the ninth National Drug Take Back Day. In the spring, residents from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska turned in over 31,700 pounds of expired and unwanted medications for proper disposal.
Tossing unused and unwanted pills and medications away or flushing it down the toilet can create an environmental hazard. The Sheriff’s Office will provide several drop boxes at its main office location, 5179 Crater Lake Highway, in Central Point, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. so people can safely dispose unwanted, expired, or unused prescriptions drugs at a secure location that is monitored.
Items that are accepted in the box include, prescriptions, over the counter medications, medication samples, ointments, locations, and liquid medications. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, syringes, chemotherapy medications, or medical waste will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration hosts two drug take back days each year. In the last four years, law enforcement has removed over 4.1 million pounds of medications from circulation.