The drug take-back day was part of a national program Sept. 29

by: STOCK.XCHNG - Sherwood police collected 103 pounds of unused or unwanted medicines during a day-long take-back program on Sept. 29.Sherwood police collected more than 103 pounds of unused medicines during a 4-hour collection event Sept. 29.

The collection of unwanted or unused prescription drugs was part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

When added to the collections from DEA’s previous four “take-back” events, more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation across the nation.

The Sept. 29 event was part of a program that included the DEA’s state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, working at more than 5,263 locations, collected 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications from members of the public.

This was the third time the Sherwood Police Department participated in the national event, according to Captain Mark Daniel, a police spokesman.

Sherwood police have partnered with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program to keep a drop box in the police department lobby, available to take drop off unused medications year round.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

The DEA’s Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. The other strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; enhancing and encouraging the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforcement to address doctor shopping and pill mills.

For more information on future events or the City of Sherwood Police prescription drop box please call 503-625-5523 or check out the city’s website at for updates.

— Information provided by the city of Sherwood

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