Sheriffs Office installs drug collection box


A new collection box is at the ready for people who want to safely get rid of their unused prescription medication.

The drug collection box is in the lobby of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Hansen Building, 12240 N.E. Glisan St., Portland.

The box is part of a prescription drug collection program that's a partnership between the sheriff's office and the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.

The program offers the public a way to anonymously deposit expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs as part of an effort to battle the growing trend among teens and adults of prescription drug abuse.

It also gives people a safer, healthier alternative to flushing such drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage.

The program is free and anonymous.

Household medication is accepted in any form, including expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including pet medications.

People are asked to keep the medicine in their original containers, tightly sealed and secured in a sealable plastic bag to prevent leakage and contamination. Also, be sure to remove or black out personal information on the prescription label.

All medication collected will be incinerated.

Sharp objects, syringes, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and inhalers are not accepted. The unit also is unable to accept medication from clinics, nursing homes or businesses.