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Drop off your drugs


It is important for many reasons to properly dispose of prescription medications after they no longer are needed.

Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet, for instance, can be dangerous both for the community’s water supply and local wildlife. But there’s an alternative: On April 26 the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will hold a no questions asked Prescription Drug Take-Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot next to Mt. Talbert Medical Clinic, located at 10100 SE Sunnyside Road, Clackamas.

There, deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver’s-side door.

Last year, a drug take-back event resulted in more than 1,600 pounds of drugs being removed from Clackamas County homes and safely destroyed, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office holds its event in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take-Back Day, which last year accounted for roughly 371 tons of prescription medications being collected at more than 5,800 locations around the country.

If you can’t attend the April 26 event, there are permanent drop-boxes in 10 locations around Clackamas County, including one at the Wilsonville Police Department, located at 30000 SW Town Center Loop East. Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.