Looking to dispose of unwanted or expired medications? It’s easier than ever, thanks to convenient new permanent drop boxes in several Clackamas County locations.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CCSO - This photo shows a drop box available to those who want to dispose of unwanted medications across Clackamas County.“The Clackamas River Water Providers worked closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to give residents an easy way to keep their medicine cabinets and our water supply clean,” said Kim Swan, water resource manager for Clackamas River Water Providers.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it’s important to dispose of them safely after they’re no longer needed by the patient.

“Overdose deaths from prescription opioids rose 400 percent in Oregon from 2000 to 2011,” said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. “These drop boxes give us a new tool to help drive those numbers down.”

Proper disposal previously wasn’t convenient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can pollute the water supply, harming local wildlife. Throwing medications in the trash can make it an easy target for thieves. And pharmacists are not allowed to take medications back once they’re dispensed.

“We know that in 2010, one in 10 youth abused prescription drugs,” Swan said, “so it’s important to do as much as we can to make these kinds of substances less available.”

With the permanent drop boxes, citizens can now dispose of unwanted drugs and medications at any time. No paperwork is required — just place the medications in the drop box.

Drop-box locations and hours (excludes holidays unless otherwise noted):

Canby Police Department

1175 N.W. Third Ave.

Hours: Box available 24/7

Gladstone Police Department

535 Portland Ave.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Milwaukie Police Department

3200 S.E. Harrison St.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Clackamas County Sheriff Main Office

9101 S.E. Sunnybrook Blvd.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Weekends and holidays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Molalla Police Department

117 N. Molalla Ave.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Oregon City Police Department

320 Warner Milne Road

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Sandy Police Department

39850 Pleasant St.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

West Linn Police Dept

22825 Willamette Drive

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Wilsonville Police Department

30000 S.W. Town Center Lp. E

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

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