The Canby Police Department will hold its fall Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new police station at 1175 NW Third Ave.
People can help prevent pill abuse and theft by turning in potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous and no questions asked.
The police department collected 134 pounds of unwanted prescription and over the counter medication in its April drug drop. The drugs are stored in the evidence storage and later destroyed.
The local event is presented by the Canby Police Department, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. More Americans abuse prescription drugs than the combined number of people using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet.
Many prescription drugs flushed down toilets or drains end up in waterways. And, since not all of them can be treated at traditional waste treatment plants, trace amounts find their way into surface and ground water.
A 30-state study of 139 waterways and streams found drugs in 80 percent of the water samples. While there is no evidence of the risk to human health, these products contain compounds detected in trace amounts in aquatic systems even past our wastewater treatment plants.
For more information, contact the Canby Police at 503-266-1104 or at www.ci.canby.or.us.