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Two local law enforcement agencies are inviting citizens to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at separate events on Saturday.

The Beaverton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring a drug 'Take Back' event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beaverton Police Department, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive.

The service is free, anonymous and no questions will be asked.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Washington County Sheriff's Office East Precinct, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, according to information from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Americans are advised 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.

Accepted items include unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, pills or syrups and current or expired unknown tablets and capsules.

Items that will not be accepted include illegal drugs, any medical waste or trash, thermometers, syringes, needles, and IV solutions, lotions or creams.

For more information, call the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit at 503-846-2579.

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