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Clean out your medicine cabinet

Drug takeback events Saturday in LO, Clackamas


Lake Oswego residents can dispose of unwanted and expired medications at a free drug takeback event this weekend.

The city of Lake Oswego will collect citizens’ old medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the adult community center, 505 G Ave.

Items that will be accepted include: expired or unwanted prescription drugs, unknown tablets and capsules and pet medications.

The city will not accept over-the-counter drugs, first aid ointments, vitamins or similar supplements.

In addition, thermometers, sharps and medical waste will not be collected. To dispose of those items, contact the Metro Recycling Information hotline at 503-234-3000.

The Lake Oswego Police Department will gather the acceptable items and take them to a waste-to-energy facility in Brooks for safe disposal.

For more information, contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992 or Wendy Svaren at 503-534-5694.

Additionally, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked prescription drug take-back event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Public Safety Training Center parking lot, located at 12700 SE 82nd Ave. in Clackamas (on the corner of Southeast 82nd and Sunnybrook, across from Sweet Tomatoes).

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 sheriff’s office. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs are an option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

A similar event last year resulted in more than 600 pounds of drugs being removed from Clackamas County homes and safely destroyed.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for local citizens to help us take drugs off the street before they ever even get there in the first place," Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said.

This year's drug take-back is presented by the sheriff's office, Overland Park Coalition and Children, Youth and Families — Prevention Coalition.

The event is held in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day. Nationwide, the 2012 event resulted in the collection of more than 2 million pounds of unneeded prescription pharmaceuticals.

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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