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Prescription drug-take-back event scheduled in Beaverton

The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will be providing the opportunity for people to drop off expired or unused prescription medications on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Beaverton Police Department located at 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive in Beaverton. This initiative addresses a public safety and public health issue.

According to the DEA, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards. Beaverton Police officers will be on-hand to accept unwanted medications at participant’s driver's-side doors. The service is free and anonymous -- no questions asked.