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Tigard installs drop box for medication

Looking to get rid of some old medication? Look no further than the Tigard Police Department

A pharmaceutical drop box has been installed inside the lobby of the police department, next door to City Hall.

The drop box allows people to dispose of unwanted or expired medications throughout the year, as opposed to special 'Drug Turn In' days that the police department holds during the year.

Partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the turn-in events have brought in more than 1,400 pounds of drugs during three special events held this year, but the new drop box is meant to provide a more convenient and timely option for people to get rid of their unwanted medications.

'Past year abuse of prescription pain-killers now ranks second only behind marijuana as the nation's most prevalent illegal drug problem,' said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf. 'It became evident the community wanted options to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription medications.'

The drop box is meant to take in a wide range of products, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, ointments, creams and liquid medications in leak-proof containers.

However, the box is not designed to take in large quantities of medications from health care facilities. Thermometers, syringes, IV bags, bio-waste, aerosols, inhalers and Epi-Pens are not to be disposed of in the drop box, Wolf said.

The drop box is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

The Tigard Police Department is located at 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd.