Time to clean out those medicine cabinets!
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Canby Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day effort this Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Canby officers will be accepting prescription drugs, as well as vaping and e-cigarette devices, at the Canby Police Department, 1175 NW 3rd Ave. The Sheriff’s Office event will take place in the Public Safety Training Center parking lot; 12700 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas.
Deputies will accept unwanted medications at your driver’s side door.
Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it is important to dispose of them safely after they are no longer needed by the patient. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands,” the Canby Police Department said on Facebook. “That’s dangerous and often tragic.”
Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.