National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday in downtown Eugene

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on Saturday in downtown Eugene
Posted on 04/20/2021

Do you have unwanted or expired medications at your home? The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help you safely dispose of prescription drugs while educating the community about the potential for abuse of medications.

 

This is a no-questions-asked prescription drug drop off in effort to prevent the unsafe disposal of prescription medications, and to prevent medications from being stolen or abused. It is a drive-through event this year in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

 

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20.5 million people misused prescription pain relievers, stimulants, tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. Most of those misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

 

This is the tenth year that the Sheriff’s Office has participated in the national event. The DEA has collected 13,684,848 pounds of prescription drugs since the fall of 2010.

 

Help us in the fight against prescription drug addiction and check your medicine cabinet for prescription drugs that are expired or that you no longer use.

 

Bring your unwanted, outdated, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the following location for safe disposal:

 

Where: Roll Park Lot (corner of 7th and Pearl in Eugene)

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How: Drive-through event

 

Acceptable items: Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, drug samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, and liquid medicines in glass or leak proof containers.

 

We are unable to accept: Needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medications from businesses, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, and diabetic meters.

 

If you are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Event and you have medications you would like to dispose of, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office has a Drug Drop Box located in our Central Reception lobby in the Lane County Courthouse that is available to accept medications (no appointment necessary) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding legal holidays.