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Take-back day snags 165 pounds of drugs


Forest Grove Police now have drop-off site in department lobby

Forest Grove Police took in 165 pounds of unwanted and/or expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs during the National Drug Take Back event Saturday.

Authorities said a near-constant stream of vehicles lined up in front of the police station April 26 to anonymously hand over the unwanted medications. This year the event was set up to allow citizens to simply drive up and drop off without getting out of their vehicles.

“This is a lot of potentially hazardous substances that will now be out of the hands of children and kept out of our environment,” said Capt. Mike Herb, spokesman for the department.

Nationwide in 2013, Americans turned in a total of 647,211 pounds of expired or unwanted medications for disposal at 5,683 take-back sites.

The next Drug Take Back day will be scheduled in October, but citizens who missed last weekend’s event don’t have to wait until then. The Forest Grove Police Department now has a drug disposal box located in the lobby at 2102 Pacific Ave. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.