The Lane County Sheriff's Office provides a secure prescription drop box for residents to safely and securely turn in their unwanted, outdated and expired household medicines. The program is provided free of charge and is aimed at reducing the risk of household medicines being misused, abused, accidentally consumed by children or improperly disposed of.
Drugs that languish in medicine cabinets represent a danger to children, adults and the environment. According to state records, nearly 15,000 emergency room visits occur per year from non-medical use of prescription drugs. From 2002 to 2004, Oregon had the third highest rate in the nation among youth for non-medical use of pain relievers. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends in the home medicine cabinet.
Medications that are improperly disposed of present a risk to the environment. When flushed, they enter the wastewater system. Wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to remove these substances, which can then make their way into the soil, surface water and groundwater.
Prescription Drug Drop Box Guidelines
| Allowable Items:
|| Items Not Allowed:
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter medications
- Drug samples
- Pet medications
- Liquid medications in glass or
leak proof containers
- Loose pills - pills must be in a
closed container or sealed bag
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Medications from businesses
- Hydrogen Perioxide
- Aerosol cans
Medications can be dropped off during regular business hours. The Sheriff's Office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday - excluding legal holidays.
Drop boxes are also located at the Springfield Justice Center/Springfield Police Department, the Cottage Grove Police Department, and the Oakridge Police Department. Please contact any of these sites for information about their hours.