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Citizens can drop off unwanted prescriptions during normal hours

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

This includes the Wilsonville and West Linn police stations.

“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. That’s why organizers feel it’s important to dispose of these drugs safely after the patient no longer needs them.

“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, meanwhile, can pollute the water supply and harm local fish and wildlife.

Throwing medication in the trash also can make it an easy target for thieves. And pharmacists are not allowed to take medications back once dispensed.

“We know that in 2010, one in 10 youth abused prescription drugs,” said Swan. “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.

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