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Prescription turn-in days set

National Prescription Drug Take-Back events are set this Saturday, April 30, in Washington County, but Forest Grove is one step ahead of that process.

In addition to drop-off sites in Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland, the Forest Grove Police Department maintains a secure, confidential drop box for prescription and over-the-counter medication — including vitamins and pet meds — for safe and environmentally friendly disposal all year long.Citizens can simply drop off the meds (no need to remove labels or have original packaging) in the box in the police station lobby on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Ash Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday all year long.

Several other county sites will accept unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. They include the Hillsboro Police Department, 250 S.E. 10th Ave., Hillsboro, and Bales Thriftway, 17675 S.W. Farmington Road, Aloha. The service is free and anonymous.

Illegal drugs, medical waste, syringes or needles, thermometers, IV solutions, lotions or creams and medications from nursing homes, doctor’s offices or other businesses are not accepted.

Pacific Northwest residents responded overwhelmingly during the September 2015 Take-Back Day, according to officials at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which has sponsored these events for 10 years. In a four-hour period, residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska turned in a record breaking 33,919 pounds (17 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 171 take-back sites.

In Oregon alone, 8,934 pounds (4.5 tons) were removed from circulation that day, averting both possible misuse/abuse by humans and contamination of water resources.